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Re: Hydraulic steering for sailboat

Slow is 3 1/2 turns lock to lock on a 30 footer - 1/2 or one turn would be lots.

I'm passionate about it because I have it on my boat.

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Re: Hydraulic steering for sailboat

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Absolutely.
My boat doesn't have one and it's TOP of my list to install.

During the trial sail, the broker (who is a powerboat guy) was asked if there was a rudder position indicator by me. "Yeah, that mark on the spoke is the middle." A marked spoke? It's 6 turns each way lock to lock..... Yeah.....

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Re: Hydraulic steering for sailboat

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Slow is 3 1/2 turns lock to lock on a 30 footer - 1/2 or one turn would be lots.

I'm passionate about it because I have it on my boat.

Never again.
I think the 3 & 1/2 turns is a function of the gearing from the wheel to the hydraulic pump and the rate that fluid is pumped. This is not an exclusive trait of hydraulic steering. Cable steering can also be designed to have more or fewer turns to complete the full action of the rudder.

The "passion" is relative too,- I don't have anything that is not on my boat.
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Re: Hydraulic steering for sailboat

The best thing about hydraulic steering is the ease of engaging an autopilot. Can't think of any other reasons to have it. Six turns lock to lock??? easiest fix is to increase the size of the pump . Rudder indicator a must have in close quarters.
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The best thing about hydraulic steering is the ease of engaging an autopilot. Can't think of any other reasons to have it. Six turns lock to lock??? easiest fix is to increase the size of the pump . Rudder indicator a must have in close quarters.
There's also a knob on the pedestal that says "more turns/less turns". It may have something to do with it. I'll investigate further when I get my pedestal put back together.

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Re: Hydraulic steering for sailboat

6 turns????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????????????
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Re: Hydraulic steering for sailboat

Maybe it was 3 or 4. I don't recall. My last boat had cable steering and it was 1.5 turns each way. This one was more but appears adjustable.
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Re: Hydraulic steering for sailboat

My boat has Jefa rack & pinion for the wheel but hydraulic for the auto pilot. I like it because the wheel is sold and smooth but the auto pilot doesn't have to work as hard.
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Re: Hydraulic steering for sailboat

I think the reference to "slow" might be that most hydraulic helm pumps require 5 full turns lock to lock vs. mechanical steering norm of 2.
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Re: Hydraulic steering for sailboat

Hello All, from a newbie here. My 1977 Bayliner Buccaneer 325 has been at the dock for two years as I have been, slowly, restoring her. Had to swing her around recently to install my new port lights. What a mess! 3.5 turns each way from center to lock with SeaStar hydraulic steering. I've been through every system on this boat, I thought. Just discovered today that it has Auto Pilot, with the pump, etc.., hidden deep in the bowels. Now I am a bit leery about relying on a 25 y/o system and am considering changing to a simple cable arrangement. BTW, not new on experience, power boat wise. 100 ton Masters. Just new to the sailboat thing. Any thoughts? Aside from the usual Buccaneer Baylitter comments.
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