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Old 02-10-2019, 06:09 PM
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Looks likd ill be buying a Cobia w a single F300 engine. It comes with standard hydraulic steering but my salesman did recommend I upgrade to the power assisted steering. Says it would maie boating more enjoyable. Will it help with prop torque? Or does it just make steering easier? I had the F300 on my oarker pilothouse and im not surd what that had. What do you guys think about power assisted steering? Is it worth 1700 bucks
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Old 02-10-2019, 06:15 PM
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Well of course he would. That is where the money is. All the extras. If installed correctly the hydraulic steering should be just fine. Did my own conversion on a 27' IB single diesel from cable to hydraulic. Put in an oversized pump for 35-40' boats. The steering was pinky turning light.
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Old 02-10-2019, 06:28 PM
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Never even crossed my mind w a single engine
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Old 02-10-2019, 06:46 PM
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Never even crossed my mind w a single engine
Or twins for that...
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:13 PM
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I had power steering on my Young 24 Bay Boat. Enjoyed it. One finger steering, no torque steer at all.
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:12 PM
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It is not a needed option but it is really nice. Once you try it you will have to have it. $1700 is a good price - the pump alone is $1500 + hoses and install. Probably run you $2000+ to add it later. We skipped it on our 250xca but are adding it this winter.
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:47 PM
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If you want some sexy, baby sized steering wheel you maybe could justify it. My biggest concern is that it is a rather important extra that will reduce reliability. Personally I am a fan of simplicity for reliability on my boats unless there is real added value.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:26 AM
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Is power assisted steering the same as power steering? From what in gathering, Im ok without it, unless I want to add auto pilot later then I should just get if
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:12 AM
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Worth it, can use a 13" wheel with no suicide knob in close quarters with ease. Makes docking easier as well. Unless the cost is outta this world there is no draw back
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:19 AM
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I have power steering on my new boat with twin Yamaha 200s. I love it. My previous boat had a single engine Yamaha 150. The steering on my new boat is much, much easier. I don't get cramps in my hands after 8 hours of boating anymore. I would recommend it.
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:35 AM
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Originally Posted by weasertt View Post
Is power assisted steering the same as power steering? From what in gathering, Im ok without it, unless I want to add auto pilot later then I should just get if
Do a bit of research, some autopilots offer a model that includes a power assist mode. It's smart to plan ahead now if you are thinking about upgrading later.
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:37 AM
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Expensive but well worth it!! I would suggest they install the pump in an area where saltwater exposure is the least. Also the pumps do make noise so positioning for sound insulation is good too if it's possible.
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