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Old 11-08-2019, 02:20 PM
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Is the sea star safe t steering helm/ cable adequate for a 90 hp Honda? From what I can tell is it’s a step below teleflex nfb. I might just deal with a little more slip From the motor while running?
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I just bought one for my 70 hp Yamaha and the same is installed with my 90 hp Yamaha so I say it is fine. I think there is somewhere that it says rated to 60 hp but I have had no problem except freezing up due to less than regular use.
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All I have ever had was nfb but the price was right for the package deal on amazon for the whole kit, my old cable was getting stiff. I am just second guessing if the boat will throw me out of it if I let got of the wheel for a second!
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Any one else?
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The SeaStar (Teleflex) Safe-T QC is the same as the Safe-T NFB, same 3 turns lock-to-lock, same cable, but it does not have the NFB clutch, so if you let go of the wheel, it could turn.

Until Teleflex came out with the NFB systems in the 1990s, all mechanical steering sysyems for all outboards were pretty much the same as the Safe-T helm, and that included motors up to 150 HP.

Nowadays, the NFB systems are usually used for motors over 50 HP, but a Honda 90 will not be a problem, especially if it is set up properly.
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For a 90 I'd go w/the NFB. I had it on a 90 and also on a 115. Definitely easier than the other cable systems.
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Never buy anything but the entire kit. The price difference between a Safe-T and the Safe-T II NFB is very small.
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Thanks Tom! So it’s not un safe right?
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I would not consider it unsafe, at all, but safe is relative.

It is a little less convenient because you really need to always have a hand on the wheel, but on the other hand, the steering effort is a little less because you don’t need to overcome the grip of the clutch. It is a more “directly connected” feeling that I like about the old style systems.
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Well my first trip with the safe t steering was not bad at all. It defiantly feels different than the nfb, but I can live with it for duck hunting and inshore fishing.
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So if the motor pulls right tweak the small a skeg left?
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I believe that if it is turning to the right you need to swing the tab to the right.
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Originally Posted by bigdrumnc View Post
So if the motor pulls right tweak the small a skeg left?
the trailing edge is moved in the direction the boat is pulling...or the opposite direction you want to go...if the boat is pulling right you move the trailing edge of the trim tab right...this will force the engine toward the left...
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Thanks!
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Up date...... I up graded to the nfb safe t. 2 helm today, another west marine price match! I feel better having the nfb feature when it’s choppy.

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