Notices
The Boating Forum
Like Tree3Likes
  • 1 Post By alloyboy
  • 1 Post By lodel
  • 1 Post By brendanm

Does new Merc 150 require hydraulic steering ?

Old 10-28-2019, 04:39 PM
  #1  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 10
Default Does new Merc 150 require hydraulic steering ?

I've been looking at motors to repower my 18 whaler and have decided on a new Merc 150. Got a few quotes but one dealer is insisting I require hydraulic steering as the motor has a lot of torque. None of the other dealers mentioned hydraulic steering so I'd like to get some opinions on what others have experienced

Existing motor is a Merc 125 2+2 without hydraulic steering..
united98 is offline  
Old 10-28-2019, 04:47 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Land down under
Posts: 11,173
Default

It does not require hydraulic steering.

Will you be happy without hydraulic steering may be the question.
cfauvel likes this.
alloyboy is offline  
Old 10-28-2019, 04:54 PM
  #3  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 1,089
Default

Repowered my 19 Maycraft (with original cable/non-hydraulic type steering) with the 150 4S this summer. There is some torque pull that lessens with trimming but I had the same with my previous motor - 135 Opti. I might consider the hydraulic steering as a future upgrade but not absolutely necessary. By the way - I love the motor.
Boats on Blocks likes this.
lodel is offline  
Old 10-28-2019, 05:02 PM
  #4  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 8,544
Default

No.
Tom W Clark is offline  
Old 10-28-2019, 06:46 PM
  #5  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 16
Default

Like mentioned above, it is not required, but I would recommend it. I repowered with the 150 4S in 2017 without hydraulic steering and a few months in added it. 700 hours later I couldn’t imagine not having it. Would have been easier to do it from the start.
surfrida is offline  
Old 10-28-2019, 07:02 PM
  #6  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Miami,FL
Posts: 1,126
Default

I had mech steering on a F115 and it wasn't bad, but, it is a night and day difference between mech and hydraulic. I won't want to see what it feels like to have mech steering on a 150.
silver01 is offline  
Old 10-28-2019, 07:05 PM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 458
Default

Hydraulic is much nicer, don't cheap out. Also cheapest time do do it while all the other rigging will be being pulled through
cfauvel likes this.
brendanm is offline  
Old 10-28-2019, 09:00 PM
  #8  
THT Sponsor
THT sponsor
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Florida
Posts: 67
Default

Great motors. As others have said, this is a great time to upgrade, and it's so nice to have. If you're existing cable steering is quite old as well, perfect excuse.
Boats on Blocks is offline  
Old 10-29-2019, 07:49 AM
  #9  
Member
 
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Tidewater, VA
Posts: 73
Default

Hydraulic steering and a spinner knob on the wheel !
moymurfs is offline  
Old 10-29-2019, 08:16 AM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 7,365
Default

I don't think I'd like to steer a 150 without hydraulic steering, but desirable and necessity are two different things - as others are saying though if it is an upgrade you'd like to have, makes more sense to have everything installed at once and probably cheaper to do it now than find you would like it after all and have it done after the installation is complete.
Clinker is offline  
Old 10-29-2019, 10:16 AM
  #11  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 832
Default

There is no torque tab on the 150, so you’ll feel more steering torque. My motor was a bit low, so steering torque was extreme even with Uflex hydraulic steering. Raised the motor, now torque is better, but I can still feel it when trimmed down. Maybe you could get away with NFB cable steering, but one set of replacement cables would pay for extra cost of hydraulic.
mshugg is offline  
Old 10-29-2019, 10:41 AM
  #12  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Posts: 17
Default

Originally Posted by brendanm View Post
Hydraulic is much nicer, don't cheap out. Also cheapest time do do it while all the other rigging will be being pulled through
Another vote for the hydraulic steering, with a spinning knob on the steering wheel.
LOKI23 is offline  
Old 10-29-2019, 12:02 PM
  #13  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 8,696
Default

You can add a hydraulic ram and helm later down the road if you want.

You can even do it yourself without too much difficulty.

And you can search for lightly used helms and rams for additional costs savings if so desired.

No need to buy hydraulic steering now for a Mercury 150
chrisrack is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.