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Does new Merc 150 require hydraulic steering ?

Old 10-28-2019, 04:39 PM
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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..
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Old 10-28-2019, 04:47 PM
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It does not require hydraulic steering.

Will you be happy without hydraulic steering may be the question.
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Old 10-28-2019, 04:54 PM
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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.
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Old 10-28-2019, 05:02 PM
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Old 10-28-2019, 06:46 PM
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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.
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Old 10-28-2019, 07:02 PM
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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.
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Old 10-28-2019, 07:05 PM
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Hydraulic is much nicer, don't cheap out. Also cheapest time do do it while all the other rigging will be being pulled through
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Old 10-28-2019, 09:00 PM
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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.
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Hydraulic steering and a spinner knob on the wheel !
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Old 10-29-2019, 08:16 AM
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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.
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Old 10-29-2019, 10:16 AM
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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.
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Old 10-29-2019, 10:41 AM
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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.
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Old 10-29-2019, 12:02 PM
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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
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