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caddis posted 04-23-2001 02:00 AM ET (US)   Profile for caddis   Send Email to caddis  
The steering cables are shot on my 22 Revenge, and since I will be repowering soon, I figure maybe I should upgrade to hydraulic steering. How hard is it to install yourself (and how long}? Do you have to remove the motor? And which system do you recommend for my boat? My dealer wants $1,650 to do the job.
maverick posted 04-23-2001 07:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
I had Seastar hyd installed new in June 99, Johnson 150 on 18.6 Outrage. Dealer charged around $700, installed. I'm told that it hasn't gone up much since then. $1700 seems a bit high. I love mine. Best, Mav
bdb posted 04-23-2001 11:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
Mav got a deal! Looks like you paid less than Sea Star balanced unit costs alone!

I installed a Sea Star balanced unit several years ago. Installation went smoothly. But, be patient! It's too easy to burr the fittings or fray a hose. When passing the hoses through tunnel access points, or around bends, be sure they are "insulated" from anything that could fray them. You might want to also loosely fasten them to be sure they stay out of harm.

The only real pain is bleeding the system. It's messy and requires two people and possibly a sound vocabulary of profanity.

If I were to do it again, I would probably use the Sea Star unbalanced system, or the Hynautic product, which is similar. They are more compact (especially the Hynautic) and much less expensive. It appears they would be easier to install and bleed. This past winter I noticed a lot of new offshore fishing boats in FL wearing the Hynautics unit dirctly from the factory. Hynautics seems to have more of a prescence at the OEM level as opposed to the after market level. I do see them in Cabelas. However, I understand that autopilots don't work on unbalanced systems. Maybe someone else has some experience in that area.

One thing for sure...once you have hydraulic...I don't care what your engine/boat size is...you'll always want it.

Oh by the way!!! Make a routine of frequently checking your hoses and couplings. Imagine the catastrophic results of a failure!

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