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Old 15-07-2012, 12:57 PM   #1
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Steering System

Hi can anyone identify this steering system? It has four pipes running from the helm unit to some kind of box of tricks then goes to the ram at the rear. Any info would be great.
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Old 15-07-2012, 01:21 PM   #2
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Pretty sure it's hynautic and that 'box of tricks' should have similar to a pushbike Tyre valve on it to pressurise the system. Is it your system? Is it for sale?
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Old 15-07-2012, 08:54 PM   #3
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Wow, so do I need to pump that up? As the steering feels like its grinding although does work, takes 2 turns lock to lock, I guess this is quiet a good system as there was no expense spared when putting it all together, not thinking of selling at the moment but will let you know if i do.

Is the box of tricks powered by electric?
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Old 15-07-2012, 09:28 PM   #4
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Not electric, I think it uses some sort of pump to pressurise the system. I could be wrong
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Old 15-07-2012, 11:04 PM   #5
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side steering

You are using an unbalanced steering, it looks like the picture 2 (not very clear) is a device to compensate the unbalance of your cylinder, the steering pump looks like a hynautic system pump, but the cylinder seems to be from another brand, or an old design, the tilt pin assembly looks like latham....

THE HYNAUTIC® HELM AND RESERVOIR
THE HYNAUTIC® HELM AND RESERVOIR are required with self-contained systems that consist of a single unbalanced cylinder as in the case of a sidemount cylinder on a single outboard motor.

see here may be its your system, but the picture 2 is not very clear...
http://www.lathammarine.com/out2.htm#1
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Old 15-07-2012, 11:54 PM   #6
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Still a little confused with it at the moment, martynwilley suggested pumping the system up which I think I will try if not will need to find someone who can sort it as think it may be a little beyond me.

Anyone know who would be able to service the system local to southampton?

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Old 16-07-2012, 12:39 AM   #7
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its a pressure vessel and like martynwilley says you use a pump to pump it with air the more air you put in the lighter your steering gets
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Old 16-07-2012, 01:35 AM   #8
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reservoir pressure

On the side of the latham reservoir a part of the procedure can be seen.( see picture)
The oil level need to be at 2" within the top of the reservoir before starting
You start at 30-40 PSI and when all is bleed the pressure should be 25-30 PSI
May be someone here is able to take a picture of the yellow tag on his latham steering.
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Old 16-07-2012, 08:53 PM   #9
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latham steering

Informations from Latham
From the pictures you have provided of your specific boat, it seems you have a single side mounted cylinder (not made by Latham Marine) with Hynautic inside hydraulic self-contained steering system parts. From what I can see from the pictures you should be able to follow the Hynautic instructions to properly fill and bleed your steering system.
here is the procedure:
http://www.hypromarine.com/UserFiles...ne%20bleed.pdf
here some drawings from latham for Hynautic helm.
Hope that helps.
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Old 16-07-2012, 08:56 PM   #10
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Thanks Bruno the info is a great help, you seem to know your stuff. Is this a good system? Seems really complicated?
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Old 16-07-2012, 09:07 PM   #11
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latham steering system

Hi,
Latham makes very good products, not cheap comparing to IMCO, but the after sale service is very good as you can see,I've never used IMCO too . For the use of my boat I prefer as I wrote you SEA STAR pro or new design LS. Everyone prefer to use one brand or another
Yes your system is a bit complicated for the purpose.

After the look at your pictures the sales service from Latham wrote me this:
Yes, that does appear to be an old Latham Marine chrome plated brass steering cylinder! If you ever have questions about the cylinder please contact us. The cylinder will have a four digit serial number on it. If you look at the bottom of the “U” shaped end of the cylinder body close to the transom you will find our name and the serial number. If you tell me the cylinder serial number I can look it up and find out when it was sold and to whom it was sold.

Please use the Hynautic instructions I provided to properly fill and bleed your steering system. If you have any more questions please contact us.

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Old 16-07-2012, 09:55 PM   #12
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Thanks for all your help Bruno, going to hopefully have a play tomorrow, will let you know how I get on.

Thanks again Lee.
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