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SUBJECT: # 27708: About to install Baystar steering - some questions for anybody who's been down this road

Submitted by FreeOnBoard from TEXAS on 12/15/2006 9:06:00 AM

Read the directions last night and the installation looks fairly straightforward, but a few questions come to mind. 1) How difficult is it to get just the right amount of slack hose at the motor end to allow full steering range and motor tilt? How far back from the steering cylinder connections should the hoses be tied down? 2) The hoses look pretty strong, but I was surprised to find that they're single wall instead of being armored with braid, especially considering that the motor end has to flex repeatedly. Anybody have problems with cracking or splitting? How about deterioration due to sunlight? 3) The helm pump bolts down by its back end, which looks like it gives the steering wheel quite a bit of mechanical leverage. I tend to grab the steering wheel pretty hard and use it as my main support when the boat is pounding into any sizeable waves. Has anyone with similar habits seen problems (such as shaft seals) with the helm? Thanks.

  1. 12/18/2006 12:16:00 AM Submitted by miker2 ( from FL says install
    its been 3 or 4 years ago that i installed mine. the hoses dont move when steering--the rod moves. no problem with tilt on mine. i also rely on the wheel for support and mine is really solid.the install went quick and smooth. you'll want a helper for the bleeding.

  2. 12/18/2006 9:28:00 AM Submitted by FreeOnBoard from TX says Thanks
    I saw that style of cylinder still being sold on some web sites. Mine has the new design which is similar to the Seastar cylinder; the piston is fixed at both ends and the outer cylinder, with the hose fittings, moves from side to side. The installation instructions claim that the hydraulic hoses will stand a bend radius of 4 in.; not sure I would bet my life on that, a 6 in. radius seems pretty aggressive for those single wall hoses. Even so, I looked over the splash well and think there's enough room to bring the hoses in along the bottom and have full steering range and tilt.

  3. 1/19/2008 8:58:00 AM Submitted by Clammer ( from FL says Bay Star Steering
    I am wondering if anyone has encountered this before with Bay Star steering, the mounting bolts pull out of the helm.I was running down the river and hit a few good size waves and pulled the wheel and helm out of the console. It ends up these stainless bolts are only molded or glued into the back of the helm.I'm trying to figure out how to repair, a new helm is way too exspensive. The steering is only 18 months old.

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