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Old 02-19-2013, 07:24 AM
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Default Difference between marine/automotive steering wheels?

What's the difference between an automotive steering wheel and a marine steering wheel? I was looking into getting this wheel: http://www.motorspeed.com/Isotta-Evo...6/product/1745

I know Isotta makes them for both cars and boats. But is there a difference between the car and boat models?

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And its not the leather...
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What's the difference between an automotive steering wheel and a marine steering wheel? I was looking into getting this wheel: http://www.motorspeed.com/Isotta-Evo...6/product/1745

I know Isotta makes them for both cars and boats. But is there a difference between the car and boat models?

The timing of your question is hilarious as to me.

At the Miami show a young guy, sales rep for a steering wheel manufacturer got into a conversation with my boss, Paul, who is an engineer as was the young steering wheel rep.
These guys went on for maybe twenty minutes re a steering wheel.
I listened now and then and finially said:
"How in the Good Lords name can you guys go on for twenty minutes talking about a freak'n steering wheel"?
Fact is, they could.
Gaskets that hold up better to moisture, that kind of thing.
The usually referred to "Suicide Knob", and whatever it spins on vs moisture.
Yep, you bet there's not only a differance as to automotive vs marine but varying quality of marine vs marine.
It was interesting listening to two guys that could talk to each other this gasket vs that gasket as to a steering wheel and actually be totally absorbed in the conversation.
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Blonde answer? Well, for starters, a steering wheel on a car turns the front tires. Boats don't have tires.

Do they?
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I ...think... car & boat steering wheel shafts usually differ so the hubs would in many or most cases not be interchangable. Some are splined in various ways and I believe most boats have keyed shafts. There apparently are some adapters available.
For boats with hydaulic steering, any "centered" -type wheel is very undesireable, as it would not stay centered and look "off". That's one reason the "destroyer" evenly-spoked wheels are popular.

And particularly in salt water use, auto wheels may not have the relative quality of anti-corrosive materials used.
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around $50-$75.
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No difference.

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Marine wheels use a 3/4" taper mount. Automotive wheels are steel. They rust
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You can get adapters for most wheels. Usually the adapters are cast aluminum.
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Very few boat wheels are equipped with air bags.
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And its not the leather...
Not to steal your thread Camaro18, but speaking of leather, is there a product I can apply to my leather steering wheel to protect it from UV and just general damage from the marine environment?
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The air bag?
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