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#11456401 - 03/04/16 02:33 PM Hydraulic steering upgrade
HaulinBass02 Online   content
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Registered: 06/30/05
Posts: 594
Loc: Springtown, TX
I just had open heart surgery and won't be able to get on the water for a while. The steering on the boat is getting a little stiff as it is and it may be time to replace cables anyway but I was thinking about upgrading to hydraulic steering. It would be easier on me to handle the boat while my chest is healing for the next few months after I get cleared to do anything.
I only have a 150HP Yamaha on the boat and I noticed the Baystar is rated UP TO 150hp. Is it worth the extra money to step up to the Seastar hydraulic steering system?
On another note, is there any kind of boat boneyard near DFW I might be able to pull a hydraulic steering off of a Yamaha/Skeeter boat without having to go buy a new system?
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#11456821 - 03/04/16 07:26 PM Re: Hydraulic steering upgrade [Re: HaulinBass02]
kingdad101 Offline
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Registered: 10/24/05
Posts: 20739
Loc: W.F. Texas
not advising anyone to do it, but I put a BayStar on a 175 Evinrude and the motor never noticed..Just like parts from a car junk yard, being used it may have a few problems ..like leaks and stuff...
you can steer with one hand with hydraulic steering and you can even let go of the wheel and she will still track straight..with your surgery it would be the ticket for you..even if you have to save money over time I would go new and never look back...Good Luck with your recovery...

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#11456929 - 03/04/16 08:24 PM Re: Hydraulic steering upgrade [Re: HaulinBass02]
184Champion Offline
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Registered: 11/24/15
Posts: 104
Loc: Arlington TX
I put SeaStar on mine last year. I still have contacts at a boat dealer and asked about the BayStar and was told they have much better luck with SeaStar. They have one line of boats that come with BayStar and 3 lines that come with SeaStar. If you do find a used steering system call the manufacturer before purchase and see how much they will test the helm and steering ram for.

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#11457407 - 03/05/16 08:05 AM Re: Hydraulic steering upgrade [Re: HaulinBass02]
gary purdy Offline
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Registered: 05/24/03
Posts: 11407
Loc: Littlefield Tx & Lake A. H. US...
Why mess with used parts when you can buy new for 550.00. http://www.lowcostboatingstore.com/
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