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Hydraulic Steering Ram Capacity
|Author||Topic: Hydraulic Steering Ram Capacity|
posted 03-18-2008 07:22 PM ET (US)
I am considering the purchase of an auto-pilot for my 2005 Eastport 205 powered with a 200 Optimax. What is ram capacity? The [auto-pilot being considered for purchase] is described as follows:
SmartPilot System for outboard hydraulic steering systems with ram capacities between 4.9 and 10.5 cubic-inches (80cc to 172cc)
posted 03-18-2008 07:25 PM ET (US)
Ram capacity = the volume of hydraulic fluid in the ram actuator.
posted 03-19-2008 11:54 AM ET (US)
I have the SeaStar book that came with our boat David, That unit will be fine, the front mount cylinder has a volume of 8.34 cu.in.(136.6cc). In fact all three mounts they show sould work fine with that unit.
Front Mount (pivot) 8.34cu.in. (136.6cc)
posted 03-19-2008 03:11 PM ET (US)
Have you been wet yet?
posted 03-19-2008 04:37 PM ET (US)
Not yet David, installed a new Garmin 545s and now in the process of installing those lights and the stereo I told you about.
posted 03-19-2008 06:12 PM ET (US)
what is a splashwell model? how does it look? how does it hook up?
posted 03-19-2008 09:50 PM ET (US)
545S looks like a nice upgrade.
is this an addition or a replacement?
posted 03-19-2008 09:53 PM ET (US)
I dont know the answer to that. I suspect it is one of the options for mounting hydraulic controls for an autopilot.
posted 03-19-2008 10:26 PM ET (US)
It's a replacement of the Garmin 168 I had. As I'm getting older I find the black and white screen made it real hard to see at night, the color buoys show up really nice, the sounder is a lot better too (I've always wanted a color fish finder).
posted 03-20-2008 02:55 PM ET (US)
Sounds like a nice upgrade. They get better and cheaper every year.
I have a Lowrance 337. It has a color screen and you are right, it is a nice upgrade from B&W. I am considering the addition of a great lakes navionics chip for better lake bottom detail but I dont know it is worth the extra cash. About $200. If I can locate unfished/less known structure, my fishing will improve.
I dont know that I have the SeaStar book.
Do you know if the system is equipped/rigged with the Seastar Rotating Hydraulic Cylindar?
posted 03-20-2008 06:04 PM ET (US)
Nowhere in the book can I find a reference to a rotating cylindar. The exploded view shows nothing rotating so to the best of my knowledge it is not.
posted 03-20-2008 08:11 PM ET (US)
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