Replace Teleflex or go hydrolic?

Swedefj40

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So I need some input on weather to replace my Teleflex helm and cable with a new one or go to a hydrolic system like Seastar or Hydrodrive?

I have a 1996 Campion Victoria 215, 21.5' Fiberglass Hardtop with a mercruiser 4.3 LX (700hrs) and Alpha 1 Gen 2 I/O with the Teleflex power assisted steering set up.

I have about a quarter turn of play at the helm so I'm wanting to correct this during the winter. My biggest complaint with the current system other than the play is the fact that I loose the power assist when I'm using the kicker for trolling as the main engine is shut down. A problem alleviated with the hydrolic systems. I'd also like a 2nd helm out back which is easy to do with the hydrolic systems.

Anyone with any thoughts or input on a conversion? I'm sure it's been done but I'm having a hard time finding info on my specific needs?

Thanks!
 

dingbat

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If you don’t need hydraulics for autopilot I would save a ton of money, and problems going forward, and just replace the cable.

A friend has a second station on a 23’, 9-6” beam on a bracketed outboard powered boat. Hardly ever uses it and it takes up valuable cockpit space while fishing.

Can’t see a need for a second station on a 21’ I/O with an already cramped cockpit.
 

kenny nunez

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Google Panther Marine Troll master. They make remote control steering, throttle and shift wireless controls for all popular small outboards.
 

Scott Danforth

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If you are fighting low speed bow wander, nothing you can do. All v-hull boats with single motors suffer from v-hull wander
 

Swedefj40

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If you don’t need hydraulics for autopilot I would save a ton of money, and problems going forward, and just replace the cable.

A friend has a second station on a 23’, 9-6” beam on a bracketed outboard powered boat. Hardly ever uses it and it takes up valuable cockpit space while fishing.

Can’t see a need for a second station on a 21’ I/O with an already cramped cockpit.

No I don't have an autopilot. What makes me want a second helm is that where I fish (for Salmon) I'm usually tacking against the rocks in amongst 15 other boats and I can't be away from the helm for more than a few seconds, and to get there I have to pass through the door and down a few steps to make corrections. Very inconvenient.20210629_100523.jpg
 
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