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Perry posted 05-13-2007 03:20 AM ET (US)   Profile for Perry   Send Email to Perry  
My 2005 Nantucket came from the factory with a 115 Mercury 4 stroke. The dealer swapped that motor with the motor of my choice before I took delivery. I really enjoy my boat but have always wondered why it has the teleflex no-feedback manual steering instead of the better (and more expensive) teleflex hydraulic steering.

I have recently looked at the 2005 Boston Whaler catalog and noticed that the 2005 Nantucket came standard with teleflex hydraulic tilt steering. This specifications sheet includes the 135 Optimax. I think the 115 4 stroke was a less expensive option.

My question: Did the less expensive 115 4 stroke option exclude the teleflex hydraulic steering? Might Boston Whaler have delivered my boat to the dealership with the less expensive manual steering or did my dealer do a switch with the manual steering when they did the motor swap?

Any Nantucket owners out there with a 115 4 stroke? Do you have the teleflex no-feedback manual steering or hydraulic steering?


highanddry posted 05-13-2007 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for highanddry  Send Email to highanddry     
I think the hydrualic steering was used on the 135 and 150 Opti and that the 115 two and four strokes got the decidedly inferior Teleflex push pull cable system. It will be an expensive upgrade for you, the forward helm pump and aft cylinders are pricey. It says in themanual that the hydrualic system is optional, page 20. Steering is nearly effortless and there is no feed back through the steering.
Perry posted 05-13-2007 01:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Perry  Send Email to Perry     
Yea, I just got back from a neighbor's house who has the 115 4 stroke on his Nantucket. His boat also has the no-feedback manual steering.

You are right about the expensive upgrade. I guess I'll just have to deal with the manual steering. The only time where it is really bothersome is a slow 5 hour ride in following seas (like this past weekend).

highanddry posted 05-13-2007 04:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for highanddry  Send Email to highanddry     
Yeah, I wonder if the "person" with the sluggish handling at slow speed did not have the cable Teleflex instead of the hydrualic SeaStar.
Kencvit posted 05-14-2007 01:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kencvit  Send Email to Kencvit     
My 2004 Nantucket originally had a 115-4. Unsold in 2004 the dealer sold the motor off it. When I first saw it in 2005 it had a 135 Opti. Without me asking the dealer said they were also going to add hydraulic steering as the 115-4`s didn`t get it.My understanding was the BW was rigging
the 135 `s and 150 `s with hydraulic steering so they wanted this to be a factory set-up.
Later, when I came back there was a problem as they had put in the cheaper version which didn`t have a tilt helm. The original cable system did.
The dealer wasn`t too happy ....but finally agreed to switch helms at no charge when I pointed out that although I was getting an upgrade in the hydraulic system it wasn`t fair to take away an option (tilt steering).
I prefer the wheel tilted all the way up.
P.S. I always enjoy your Hawaii pictures . I was on Oahu about 12 years ago for a week. I still have the shirt I bought from the Ala Wai Marina were we hung out watching the boats by day and drinking beers in their pub by night.
Perry posted 05-14-2007 02:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Perry  Send Email to Perry     
Good point regarding the guy that complained about sluggish steering. I think he said once the boat had a 115 then said it had a 135 Optimax. Who knows.

Kencvit, my Dad used to keep his sailboat at the Ala Wai yacht harbor many years ago. It is a cool place to hang out. I even launced there last week for my Molokai trip.

Mobjack posted 05-14-2007 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mobjack  Send Email to Mobjack     
Boat has 135 opti, as previously stated,
also equipped with hydraulic steering.
highanddry posted 05-14-2007 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for highanddry  Send Email to highanddry     
Well, maybe you should bleed the system then, lol. After replacing the seals I did not get all the air out the first time, it was sluggish and spongy. Defective check valves could also cause sluggish steering.

I don't think the 115 engines got the hydrualic steering.

It is usually not diffucult to determine which engine you have, the big numbers on the side of the cowlings or rear are usually an indication. lol

Mobjack posted 05-15-2007 11:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mobjack  Send Email to Mobjack     

Will not open old can of worms except to say that you misunderstood what I was saying about the steering on Dad's Nantucket. The steering SYSTEM works great. The sluggishness I was referring to was in the hull's ability to track at low speeds, in big seas, as compared to my Montauk. However, this is clearly an area where you and I have agreed to disagree, and its off topic. The hydraulic steering is great though, easy and effortless.

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