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Re: Hydraulic steering for sailboat

Keep her for a while as is before making a major change likw that. You might get used to it or even like it.

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Re: Hydraulic steering for sailboat

I have newly acquired a 40 foot sailing boat, the boat has a Vetus hydraulic steering system. It's a dual system so the boat can be steered from inside as well as outside.

It takes me 7 turns lock to lock, half the time I don't have a clue where the rubber is pointing. Manoeuvring in the marina is a nightmare. I was beginning to think there was something wrong with the system but from reading all the posts it appears it's quite normal.
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Re: Hydraulic steering for sailboat

I've got hydraulic steering, and like yours, it gives very little feedback.

The best solution I think would be an autopilot as the good ones have rudder angle indicators that give a visual indication of how much wheel you have on.

The other solution is to mark centre wheel with tape or a Turks head. The centre wheel Mark will give you a good indication anywhere in the first turn on the wheel. If you are using multiple turns for bold maneuvers (assuming right hand throttle) always keep your left hand at the centre wheel Mark and count out your turns out loud or to yourself. Always have a running count going and you will always know where your wheel is.

I use both methods, Comnav 1101 a Comnav 1101 autopilot with rudder angle indicators, Turks head at centre wheel and I count out my turns

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Re: Hydraulic steering for sailboat

HI Arcb,

I do have the centre of the wheel marked, but when your doing 3 and a half turns each way, it can get a bit confusing. I don't have an auto pilot but I am happy to hear having hydraulic steering is a plus when fitting one.

My manual tiller fits into the top of the shaft and it's just behind the helm station, maybe if I make a pointer this would be a big help.

This is a first for me with the hydraulics, I will persevere with it for now and see how I get on.
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Re: Hydraulic steering for sailboat

A standalone rudder angle indicator can be installed ,doesn't need an autopilot.but that makes wiring and switches easier Often older hydraulics can slip a little so top spoke can be over there a spoke .
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Re: Hydraulic steering for sailboat

Marking a kingspoke is pointless if two pumps are involved. i.e. Helm and autopilot pumps. The king position will change every time you engage or disengage the autopilot.

Never seen the need for a rudder indicator (I've always had hydraulic steering) as a slight twitch of throttle will tell me where the rudder is.

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Re: Hydraulic steering for sailboat

I wouldn't say a kingspoke is pointless, even if it isn't centred it can be used as a focal point for counting turns on.

I am not saying it's the only method, but it is a reliable method. The boats I learned to drive on, bursts of power weren't always realistic/possible, so I prefer a rudder angle indicator and counting turns in the event of a rudder angle indicator failure. It definitely works. I always count my turns, that way I know where I am in the event of a failure and so I don't have to look down to know where my wheel is.

Shots of throttle also don't work to well when your sailing

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