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Old 04-04-2007, 07:26 PM   #1
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Hydraulic steering question.

Ive got hydraulic steering fitted on my p18 and have a few questions. First how do people manage to drive with hydraulic steering ? steering is fine untill I hit 5k then you can feel it begin to lock up, how do you control chine walk with hydraulic steering when it doesn't give any feedback?

Ive tried boat 3 times now and with 3 different props but still can't get the hang of it, going to try again this weekend but looks like i'll be getting wire steering fitted next week.
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Old 04-04-2007, 07:37 PM   #2
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Ive got hydraulic steering fitted on my p18 and have a few questions. First how do people manage to drive with hydraulic steering ? steering is fine untill I hit 5k then you can feel it begin to lock up, how do you control chine walk with hydraulic steering when it doesn't give any feedback?

Ive tried boat 3 times now and with 3 different props but still can't get the hang of it, going to try again this weekend but looks like i'll be getting wire steering fitted next week.
your probably too use to cable steering roofer, ive only ever driven hydraulic so feels natural to me, i'd probably find cable steering very odd like you are with hyd.

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get a boat that dont chine walk!

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Old 04-04-2007, 09:14 PM   #3
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Shouldn't lock up dude, mine don't feel any different from idle to 8K.
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Old 04-04-2007, 09:28 PM   #4
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What hydraulic steering is it and what motor have you fitted?
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Old 04-04-2007, 10:08 PM   #5
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What hydraulic steering is it and what motor have you fitted?
Its got uflex hydraulic steering and a 2.5 efi fitted
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Old 04-04-2007, 10:22 PM   #6
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One I run inthe past was pretty much the same all apple pie & cream until it got to the top end then the torque would Px the the system ass about face and was just really crap on feel. Vetus was a shite system
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Old 04-04-2007, 10:34 PM   #7
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Yup sounds like the system you have just aint upto the job.
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Old 04-04-2007, 10:41 PM   #8
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Yup sounds like the system you have just aint upto the job.
Had a search on scream and fly and some say its better than seastar pro,its rated to 300hp and looks more robust than seastar.
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Cable Steering ive always been led to believe is worse than hydraulic when you are really buzzing? I run capalino/Latham and is fine but it does get stifffer when jacked to the extreme heights though!
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Cant beat latham and side ram.
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If you run twin rams and the system is sorted its very easy to control, move the wheel 1/4" the engine turns 1/4". Supurb kit.
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To be honest i'm no fan of hydraulic steering, ive got a capilano helm and twin sidemount steering on my cat and don't like it.
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Roofer found my seastar locked up when i trimmed up to much with my efi i found it ok when flat out use to have to fight the wheel bit to stop the walkin tho but i fought this was same with all steerin when the walk started

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Had a search on scream and fly and some say its better than seastar pro,its rated to 300hp and looks more robust than seastar.
Never said Seastar Pro would be upto it either!!! How powerfull is your 2.5?
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Cant beat latham and side ram.
Totally agree.
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How powerfull is your 2.5?
Probably around 300hp, shouldn't make any differance to steering though has i'm still running engine in and taking it steady.
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Old 05-04-2007, 08:55 AM   #19
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I would guess your helm just isn't powerfull enough. Doesn't really matter wether you or anyone else thinks the ram is built better or worse then a seastar pro one. The hydraulic pressure required to move it is generated at the helm and it would seem that your's just isnt powerfull enough. How many PSI can it generate before the relief valves operate? Seastar and Capilano are rated at 1000PSI. Seastar pro is 50% more at 1500PSI.
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Its rated at 1000 psi.
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