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Old 04-07-2011, 03:54 PM
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Default Sea Star Power Assist - Experiences?

I'm making adjustments here and there to make my boat as easy as possible to use. The current steering is SeaStar and works fine but is a little hard to turn at lower mid-range speeds. Not enough that there's a problem, just enough that it's something I want to make easier if possible so the Admiral has no difficulty should she decide to drive. This is for a 22.5 foot Grady with an F250.

If anyone has experience with the SeaStar Power Assist, I would appreciate some feedback. Or possibly other similar products out there if there are any.

http://www.teleflexmarine.com/produc...st-steering-2/
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:45 PM
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I have it in my 30T contender with twin F250's. works like a charm and easy to install. Do have to mention however that the first one i got with the boat had a bad valve, but Marc at Teleflex sent me a replacement unit and i haven't had any problems since. He told me they had redesigned it (this was about two years ago) I can run at any speed steering the boat with my index finger. FYI, make sure your batts can handle the power drain.

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I have installed several of these units on deck boats with the Suzuki rigged outboard (they swing a IG prop and was difficult to steer under certain RPM ranges and customers didntb like it so we installed the power assist
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I have it on my current boat and love it. Twin 250 four strokes.
Effortless steering.
I hope my next ride has it.
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I installed taht system on my twin Baha 3 yrs ago & love it! It makes the boat so much easier to handle & steer. Strongly recommended.
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Gee thanks guys; now I gotta' plan for it!! On to prices....
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:58 PM
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Lost my power steering due to a weak coupling that has been updated by Teleflex. Check it out and replace if necessary. I lost the assist last week due to this and I really took it for granted until I lost it. Pursuit Offshore 315 with twin Yami 250s. Power assist is GOLDEN.
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I see it has a pretty good amp draw. My batteries are probably more than sufficient to handle it but do you guys have a separate switch for it or is it directly wired to the ignition?
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Originally Posted by GulfC View Post
I see it has a pretty good amp draw. My batteries are probably more than sufficient to handle it but do you guys have a separate switch for it or is it directly wired to the ignition?
Hey there - The amp draw that you are seeing doesn't happen all of the time. The "peak" draw is only at relief and is for only a fraction of a second. When you are not turning the wheel there is very little to no draw..

We do recommend any on/off type switch. the main reason for this is if power, for whatever reason becomes a problem you can turn off the power assist and save the power to get you back to shore

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Thanks Marc; that's exactly the info I needed. The unit has been ordered and installation scheduled. Can't wait to giver it a try; this should put the last bit of operational ease into the rig (along with a smaller, knob bearing wheel).
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Put mine in a few months ago and FREAKING LOVE IT! I rigged a separate switch for the power unit, not to my ignition so if I need to shut down and run engine we were in good shape. You wont look back!
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Does autopilot have an auto assist type feature?
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