I own a 1975 35ft Hallberg-Rassy Rasmus that currently has an old Vetus hydraulic steering system
. We have had a lot of problems with this system and have tried bleeding air, adding more fluid...etc. The boat is full keel and a bitch to maneuver ANYWAY
, not to mention when it takes 15 turns of the wheel to get the boat to steer one way or another.
My question is this - we are planning on departing next September to live aboard and cruise the world for 2-3 (or more?) years (Windtraveler
) and I'm concerned about this issue. I know hydraulic can
be fixed but I have read that:
a) Vetus is notorious for being completely unhelpful and
b) I know that our model is no longer made and no longer supported by Vetus
c) I have heard people that REALLY know hydraulics are few and far between
So with that in mind, I am sort of thinking that switching over to cable steering
might be better because:
a) it is pretty straightforward and
b) can be fixed (relatively) easy in a pickle (if you carry extra cable, etc).
Does anyone have any experience with this? Any opinion as to what would be better for what we are planning to do?
Do we fix the old system?
Do we get a new hydraulic system?
Do we scrap it and go with cable?
Thank you in advance!