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Old 26 April 2006, 04:01   #1
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Heavy Steering

Hi all

Did my PB2 on a dinky little rib on which you could easily turn the steering wheel right round with the palm of the hand.

Have been test driving several larger ribs and am finding the steering very heavy needing two hands to turn it (whereas i was taught to always keep one hand on the throttle).

Am wondering tfore if it is a prerequisite to have hydraulic assisted steering on anything above 5m?

Please comment

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Old 26 April 2006, 04:41   #2
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Star try a search on this, steering was talked over a lot in the last couple of months. Will try and find link later.My 5.3 has cable and turnes OK Good luck
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Old 27 April 2006, 06:50   #3
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Heavy Steering

Neal, thanx for for that.

Have searched on steering and can see there are pros and cons for both hydraulic and cable.

Think I wiil go with hydraulic otherwise fear my second in command will not get much joy out of our ribbing!

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Old 27 April 2006, 11:58   #4
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I'm interrested in hearing about heavy steering as well, so I took the above advice and found a thread that talks about a steering assistor or "Knob" in play ground terms.

wheel assistor

What I would like to find out is where you buy these dam things as I can't find them for sale on the web. Do they come as part of a new steering wheel? Is it something I can add to an already new steering wheel?

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Old 27 April 2006, 12:44   #5
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Its not the boat length its the power, we have F80 here and one had is easy no problems, (cable). I cant see you needing to spend the extra money on hydro, depends how small your 'second in command' is i suppose
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I've got a 5.5m boat with a F115 on the back, steering is reasonably light; can turn close quarters with just the palm of my hand. Would be faster with a cheater knob, though. Maybe one of these days (like all the other stuff I want to put on the boat...)

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Old 27 April 2006, 14:34   #7
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What I would like to find out is where you buy these dam things as I can't find them for sale on the web. Do they come as part of a new steering wheel? Is it something I can add to an already new steering wheel?

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Bought mine from a 4x4 accessory shop in the end, they are available as a seperate item and just clamp on to the steering wheel.

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I'm interrested in hearing about heavy steering as well, so I took the above advice and found a thread that talks about a steering assistor or "Knob" in play ground terms.

wheel assistor

What I would like to find out is where you buy these dam things as I can't find them for sale on the web. Do they come as part of a new steering wheel? Is it something I can add to an already new steering wheel?

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Truckstops and motorway service areas sell them in the fuel stations.
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Thanks for the info re where to buy, been looking in marine environments only, what a plum ah!(You don't need to respond to that one )

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