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Old 06 November 2005, 08:21   #1
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Helm/Steering wheel assistors - for or against , has anyone got one fitted?
My wife finds the steering very heavy when slow maneuvering and i thought one of these might help. Any thoughts anyone?

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What sort of steering set-up do you have. If working properly it shouldn't need assistance. Is it teleflex or hydraulic?
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The steering is Teleflex/cable .I intend to do some investigating about why it is so heavy when i get the boat back home in the next couple of weeks , there also seems to be alot of free play at times,so it may need changing.
As for the assistor , i saw one fitted to a rescue rib on news report and thought it might be a useful addition for the other half anyway. Just wondered what every one else thought.
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How does this assistor work?
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How does this assistor work?
It is just a knob that you clamp on the wheel/spoke, like they have on forklifts ,h.g.v's e.t.c , nothing fancy.

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I saw a rib fitted with one of these at RIBex. I'd say give it a go; very useful or manoovering the RIB. I have considered one my self; beats using a thumb inside the wheel!
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I would be almost certain that the inner cable is partially siezed. We had it on Nouvrania at the sailing school. It's probably aswell to change the cable. You can strip and lube them but it's a bit of a job. Ours was stiff to the point of being dangerous and perfect after the replacement.
I like Hightower, was wondering what a steering assistor was I thought it might be a fancy power steering type hydraulic ram not a tractor Knob!!
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Playground humour? How old are you!!

Those sooper dooper assistors are fantastic, had one on a rib I used for dinghy safety cover in london docks, you could do some serious emergency stop turns!
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I drive big commercial spec 10m Humbers in my spare time. They are all equipped with the "steering knob" and it's almost essential when maneuvring alongside, or making rapid turns to keep the punters smiling! I plan to install one on my own boat now.
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