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Billymac posted 03-08-2004 12:50 PM ET (US)   Profile for Billymac   Send Email to Billymac  
Repowering a 1987 22 Revenge WT with a 30" set-back bracket. I need to install Hydraulic Steering and I am trying to determine the hose length needed. The distance from stern to the helm is about 133" or about 11 feet. Add to that the 30" setback off the transom and half of the beam in the back (90" total) of 45", that is a total of 208" or 17.3 feet.

I would think 20 feet of hose should do the trick and would provide enough extra (2.5 feet) length for bends and conection behind the helm? Or should I play it safe with 22 feet?

Any help greatly appreciated!


Billymac posted 03-15-2004 03:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Billymac  Send Email to Billymac     
jimh posted 03-16-2004 06:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
What route are you planning to use for the hydraulic steering cables? Are you going to use the rigging tunnel? Or go under the gunwale?

Does your boat have a full transom with stern deck?

Billymac posted 03-16-2004 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Billymac  Send Email to Billymac     
Full transom, sea drive conversion with an Armstrong bracket. What do you recommend in regard to under the Gunnel or the rigging tunnel (not sure where the rigging tunnel is)? I will probably have the marina do the install.

I am going to remove the sea drives, do the patch repair and probably do most of the de-rigging to save a few bucks. Any advice here?


jimh posted 03-16-2004 08:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I have thought about going this same path myself, as you often see some older Boston Whaler boats powered with SeaDrive OMC engines that are comparative bargains. That should be "bargain" in quotation marks, as the price of re-fit will be significant, but then you end up with a great rig, much like the famous WHALE LURE set up.

On my Revenge the hydraulic steering is routed via the rigging tunnel, but I think you could do this under the gunwale, too.

Perhaps LHG will happen along and tell us how his fine installation was done. I have been aboard many times but I don't recall this detail.

quattro20vt posted 03-18-2004 04:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for quattro20vt  Send Email to quattro20vt     
On my Revenge 22 WT WD, all engine-related rigging from the helm (wiring harness, control cables, hydraulic steering hoses) runs thru the rigging tunnel. Prior to my repower, the control cables ran in the side panel and under the gunnel--but it wasn't great work, and the cables slipped down to the floor where they were easily stepped on.

House electrics also run under the gunnel, so I suggest leaving the area clean for future access/rework (like what I have to do shortly)

Billymac posted 03-23-2004 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Billymac  Send Email to Billymac     
Where is the rigging tunnel?

Also, I am going to pull the current controls, cables, etc., before handing over to the shop for the installation work. Any advice for this? Should I run a rope through as I pull any cables or wires for easy re-running?


linust posted 03-23-2004 10:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for linust  Send Email to linust     
Remove the radio/storage locker below the helm--three screws on each side, IIRC. Along with removing the vinyl pocket pouch panel from inside the cuddy, you should have easy access to the rigging tunnel from the foreward end.

I don't know if the aft end of the tunnel differs on the Sea-Drive sterns vs. the Whaler Drive sterns--in theory, it shouldn't, but then with the different configs I've seen so far, nothing would surprise me anymore...the aft end of the tunnel will come out in the starboard "bilge" compartment, where the bilge pump and drain tube reside. There should be a cut-out in the fixed panel that covers the bilge, in the transom locker area. Rigging routes thru the tunnel, into this bilge compartment, thru the cutout in the fixed panel, then runs wild in the transom least mine is a bit wild in there. Still trying to clean it up now and then.


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