2005 Hurricane GS202 - Very hard steering


Jun 17, 2016
I have a 2005 Hurricane 202 GS with the 5.0 Mercruiser I/O. I love the boat, but the steering is very hard. At idle and low speeds it requires much intervention and feels mush stiffer than I would expect it to be. I've only had the boat for 2 years and it has been like this since I purchased it.

I know there is a hydraulic steering system on it, and the power steering reservoir is full and the fluid appears OK (not milky). I am wondering if this is just normal, or if there may be a problem with the system. I am hoping I can check a few things myself before bringing it in for service. Any suggestions?