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Old 31 July 2007, 08:58   #21
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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?
Don't you mean the other way around? Ever driven a Louts Elise?
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Old 01 August 2007, 04:58   #22
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Once bled they really are a fit and forget item.

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Do you ever need to top up the resevoir on the steering wheel? I havent even checked mine, but sometimes wonder whether I should .....
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Old 01 August 2007, 05:16   #23
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As a racer we only use Seastar hydraulic, and Baystar is the recreational equivalent, which as a manufacturer we fit to our smaller engined ribs - we'll have one on the stand at the Southampton boat show if you want to see it! I think Hypro marine are near you and that's who we buy from - nice people!
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Old 01 August 2007, 05:26   #24
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Do you ever need to top up the resevoir on the steering wheel? I havent even checked mine, but sometimes wonder whether I should .....
I have checked it once and it was still up to the top however have not checked for a couple of months so probably should do so.
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Do you ever need to top up the resevoir on the steering wheel? I havent even checked mine, but sometimes wonder whether I should .....
I topped ours up on Monday evening - only a couple of teaspoonsful, some of which dribbled down the console ( must get a syringe from the chemist!).

I suspect the drop in level was caused by temperature differences when bled in February and the glorious summer weather we get up here...

Right, finishing work soon, then probably off for a cruise around Bute.

As long as it doesn't get too hot...
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As a racer we only use Seastar hydraulic, and Baystar is the recreational equivalent, which as a manufacturer we fit to our smaller engined ribs - we'll have one on the stand at the Southampton boat show if you want to see it! I think Hypro marine are near you and that's who we buy from - nice people!
Thanks for this Cookee. Do you mean the Hypro Marine based in Lymington? If so do you have a point of contact there that you'd recommend talking to?

Chris:

Thanks for the recommendation for Marinautique. You are right - they are just round the corner from me so getting them to bleed the system sounds like a fine idea.

Thanks again everyone
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Old 01 August 2007, 09:35   #27
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I topped ours up on Monday evening
Just standard hydraulic fluid, like in the JCB, or is there a marinised version for 5 times the cost that I will invalidate my warranty if I dont use?
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I topped ours up on Monday evening - only a couple of teaspoonsful, some of which dribbled down the console ( must get a syringe from the chemist!).
I have a slight leak somewhere in my Seastar system, so top off pretty often. I find a small plastic or paper cup pretty handy; simply pour in the amount needed, fold the lip of the cup, and pour away. But have a paper towel handy in case you miss...


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Just standard hydraulic fluid, like in the JCB, or is there a marinised version for 5 times the cost that I will invalidate my warranty if I dont use?

Seastar has a recommended fluid; it's the equivalent of aviation hydraulic fluid, I think. The recommended emergency fluid is automatic transmission fluid.

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Thanks for this Cookee. Do you mean the Hypro Marine based in Lymington? If so do you have a point of contact there that you'd recommend talking to?

Chris:

Thanks for the recommendation for Marinautique. You are right - they are just round the corner from me so getting them to bleed the system sounds like a fine idea.

Thanks again everyone
Ask for Steve at Hypro, but anyone else will sort you out - you just need to tell them what engine it's for. The kit comes with plenty of oil w3hich is the recomended type - hydraulic or ATF will work though.
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