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Autopilot for 94 Proline 2950WA w/ Merc I/Os - Power Steering on on SB motor

Old 07-28-2013, 01:00 PM
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Default Autopilot for 94 Proline 2950WA w/ Merc I/Os - Power Steering on on SB motor

My buddy has a older Proline 2950 with twin Merc I/Os. It has Rotary steering, but only has power steering off the starboard engine, i.e. when only port engine is running, steering is quite stiff. The AP will mostly be used for trolling at 2-3mph, but doesnt want to only be able to use his SB engine when trolling on one engine with AP. *edit - He believes he has a power steering pump on port engine but doesnt tie into steering system, if this gives any other options.

He's been told the only real option is to switch to Hydraulic steering to make this happen. Anybody else have experience or thoughts on it. I've seen some helm mounted wheel units, but it seems the no power steering when on port engine would be hard on a wheel pilot. I've installed a couple rotary and wheel pilots, and was trying to help him out, but anything hydraulic is way outside my comfort zone and would require allot of paid labor.

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Old 07-29-2013, 08:33 AM
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Nobody huh? I guess I can go browse used boats and look at what AP they have installed...
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:16 AM
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I am researching the same issue for my 27" Sea Ray Amberjack with twin 4.3L V-6 I/O's. Here is a thread on another forum with some info. Please post how things work out for your application.
http://www.lakeontariounited.com/fis...or-stern-drive
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:47 AM
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Sean doesnt have the clearance for a simrad type motor behind the helm, but this would mount to the transom and hook to the steering ram. It connects to any brand control computer. You can double check if he has the 10" clearance, if so I still have a connection to get the Simrad AP-12. There is an option for the Si-Tex SP-70. Same motor the Simrad uses. Ive done a few and they work well.

http://www.octopusmarine.ca/product-...type=0&stype=1

You are correct about power steeing, its only functional with SB motor running. With calm seas a power unit like above it should be able to turn the I/O without the power assist. He can always hook up power steering pump on Port motor.

If he wants to go hydraulic, its an easy swap. I can do it in about a day
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Salmonbum View Post
He can always hook up power steering pump on Port motor.
I was interested in hooking up power steering on my port engine for the same reasons. I heard there might be system issues with two pumps. Can you shed any light on how this works or any experiences you might have doing this.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by landingzone View Post
I was interested in hooking up power steering on my port engine for the same reasons. I heard there might be system issues with two pumps. Can you shed any light on how this works or any experiences you might have doing this.
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I have personally never done it that way, although I have seen it work in person on another 2950 Pro Line in Wisconsion. I think there was some type of crossover box that needed to be installed.

I have assisted in a few Simrad installs on Late 80's amberjacks and kept the cable steering and the ppl were still able to use the non-power assisted motor on calm days. My neighbor just did a AP12 (cable) on a 1992 Sea Ray Weekender with I/O's, only one motor power assisted and he has no problems.
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