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Old 29 July 2007, 15:35   #11
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Have you checked the bushes on the steering shaft? If these are worn, it can make the steering a bit lively. Check for play, by grabbing the skeg and try to move it from side to side. Also worth checking all the linkages on the steering drag link bar
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Old 29 July 2007, 15:49   #12
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I seem to remember when setting my last 2 boats up mention of offseting or not offseting the ouboard, this may be worth considering and checking with the manufacturers of the hull.also that the outboard has been fitted at 90 degrees to the transom perhaps a bit technical but if the basics are corect you can then work on from that.Regards Peter
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Old 29 July 2007, 16:26   #13
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Andrew H,

Fitting Hydraulic Steering to my boat was the best mod I did, I looked around for the best deal and eventually settled on the Baystar system which most people seem to rate as being very good.

I went for the central cylinder (HC4645) system that comes with everything you need to set it up the standard helm unit is fine and I get about 4.5 turns from loack to lock whic is perfect. You can see it online here:
http://www.chmarine.com/acatalog/Tel..._Steering.html

I bought mine from Marinautic in Poole 01202 678085

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Old 30 July 2007, 07:20   #14
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Andrew H,Fitting Hydraulic Steering to my boat was the best mod I didChris
Boy this thread has me thinking! My wheel spokes are rotting out of the rim so I need to replace the helm anyway. How much better does your boat track with no hand on the helm...at very low speed. I fish quite a bit by my lonesome and trying to keep the boat moving in a predictable direction while I'm landing a fish is always a problem.

I found the kits on ebay for less than 500 (USD) plus shipping from a reputable vendor.
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Old 30 July 2007, 13:37   #15
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Silly Me

I answered my own question about low speed directional stability. I was out on the bounding maine this morning and observed the motor at low speed. The steering does not move, its the wave action coupled with windage that forces her off course. Wishful thinking on my part that hydraulics could solve that one.

Now what, hydraulic steering and an autopilot? Jeez, we could get carried away here!

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Old 30 July 2007, 17:55   #16
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Andrew

The steering problem you have is probably a combinationof the following:-
Trim tab out of adjustment

Engine mounted with no or insufficient offset

The normal paddle-wheel effect of the direction of rotation of your propeller

The best and easiest fix is to install hydraulic steering, as has been suggested by most of the respondents. It can usually be expected to eradicate the above problems, but make sure you carefully bleed the system once installed as residual air can cause steering difficulties.
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Just like to say a big thank you to all respondents. Have just measured up O/board and its bang on the centre line - so no offset there

Looks like hydraulics are the way to go.

OK next question. I've seen various systems around, including the Baystar and SeaStart from Teleflex as well as the BCS systems. What are you're thoughts on above or have you any others that you'd recommend?

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Old 31 July 2007, 03:38   #18
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Andrew I looked into this and found that Aquafax did a system called HYCO I almost bought this but was warned off by a couple of the more knowledgeable guys on here. I was adivsed to go down the baystar route and found it very straight forward to fit although one thing I would have done if I were doing it again is to take it back to Marinautic in Poole to have it bled as they have a power bleeding system that makes light work out of a rather laborious job. I notice you live in Poole so this would be easy for you to do.

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Old 31 July 2007, 04:35   #19
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I'm sure that the 'feel' of hydraulic steering is superior to cable - bit like the difference in cars with and without power steering. But, what about the 'No Feedback system'?

I've found mine no problem (5.3, 90hp.). There's no pull on the helm, it's as easy to turn one way as the other, I can let go of the wheel and she just carries on course. It is a bit 'dead' though and you have to overcome the slight 'stiction' as the clutches disengage when you move the wheel.

Just thought it might be cheaper and less complicated than hydraulic. Any comments?
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Just thought it might be cheaper and less complicated than hydraulic. Any comments?
I would not say that hydraulic is actually that complicated there is a simple piston arrangement at the back that moves the engine dependant on which way the fluid is being pumped and then the helm is just a hydraulic pump. Once bled they really are a fit and forget item.

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