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Old 05 June 2007, 06:55   #11
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Hi allegria,

You mean it's easy to turn at speed with your Medline II ?

I noticed I have a black steering wheel and all the other Medlines II have a white one. Perhaps the steering house makes the difference ?
Did you do an upgrade to your steering components ?

I am very curious about the setup of your steering and engine. At what height is the engine fitted and how many free bold holes do you have ?

Do you also have the ultra long version of the Yamaha F150, or a shorter one ?

Thaks in advance...
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Old 05 June 2007, 11:50   #12
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Hi wschoenm,

I don't find it difficult to turn at speed on the boat. The dealer fitted a Baystar hydraulic steering system from new, as they recommended it was necessary for ease of handling.I think the Baystar is a fantastic system, and i'd certainly recommend it. The F150 is the standard engine, same as you've got i'd imagine. The balance of my boat will probaly be different since it has twin batteries. Unfortunately, the boat is currently in the south of france otherwise i'd check/measure all the mountings. I'll be down there in 2 weeks so i'll have a check then. If you have any more questions, just ask.

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Old 06 June 2007, 03:33   #13
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Hi allegria,

Thanks for your quick reply.

I suppose your twin batteries are located on the opposite side of the driver in order to keep the balance of the boat? Where exacly have you put the batteries ?

Maybe I should buy a 2nd battery and put them both on the opposite side of the driver.

I really would like to get my boat in balance. Fueling it up seems to unbalance the boat, as the fuel tank isn't exactly in the middle of the boat...
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Old 06 June 2007, 17:50   #14
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Both the batteries are actually located on the drivers side..which works ok since the port side contains water ski's, ski pole etc... I requested two batteries to ensure the sound system,vhf and chartplotter don't flatten one whilst at anchor. As i do alot of open sea boating, it's better to be safe than sorry!.
I've seen a number of medlines that when fueled up will list to the starboard side, i've been told this weight imbalance is countered by the prop rotation but i'm not convinced myself!.
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Old 19 June 2007, 07:11   #15
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I went for the 10hour maintenance with the dealer. They also mounted the engine 1 hole higher. And changed the way the steering cable follows. The cable cornered to much, making it very hard to turn the boat.

The spray is gone now, and the steering is better, altough not satisfying. I ordered a hydraulic version.

The balance is still not ok when filled up. I'll probably buy a 2nd large battery and will place it on the opposite side of the imbalance.

Allegria, can you tell me at what height your engine is mounted ?
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Old 20 June 2007, 05:57   #16
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Driving to the boat Friday, should be able to tell you once arrived. Would be interested to hear how you get on with the second battery. The full tank balance problems seems to be a characteristic of all med2s.
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Old 10 April 2008, 07:16   #17
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Final result

Hi guys,

Finally I have the hydraulic steering. It's much much easier to turn. However, turning to the one side goes more smooth than tutning to the other side.

The balance problems are also solved. They were due to not enough pressure in the tubes.
The pressure gauge that with comes with the boat never changed, so I thought it was broken. But in fact there wasn't even enough pressure in the tube to move the gauge ;-)

I did not yet buy the 2nd battery, I first have to review how I will set it up. I want one battery for starting the engine and another one for the accessoires. So I can always get back to the shore ;-)

Now I'm looking for a bimini top, or better, a bimini tent. They are hard to find "for a reasonable prive".

Hints are welcome !
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Hi guys,

The balance problems are also solved. They were due to not enough pressure in the tubes.
The pressure gauge that with comes with the boat never changed, so I thought it was broken. But in fact there wasn't even enough pressure in the tube to move the gauge ;-)

Hints are welcome !
If you are using the original Zodiac yellow manometer, re inflate tubes so the fixed needle reaches the middle/center of the green scale. If it's a number scale reading manometer, re inflate to at least 3.0 PSI, both on water in early morning. For best performance, all tubes must have the same working pressure.

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