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Old 12-19-2015, 07:38 PM   #21
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Phil- That was it:

"To correct fix I have to turn the wheel hard over a dozen times which takes the play slop out, and makes it solid again."


Back from the boat. First turn to stop 12 turns. Hard side to side and hold on each stop within six complete cycles the wheel is now 5.5 turns stop to stop.
First time from purchasing the boat that this was done. So the creep was over several years. Will now make it a part of a routing.

No- I do not have a auto pilot nor a rudder indicator. The boat I have was purchased with simplicity in mind. one VHF, one radar,one compass, one $75.00 tablet with a 'Free' download GPS chart system. backed up with my IPhone 'free' charts and two Hummingbird feet/fathom meters.
I am adding a 'SPOT' location/routing GPS unit this Spring and upgrading the VHF to that which has the Lat/Lon feature.
Inexpensive, easy to fix/replace.

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Old 12-19-2015, 07:52 PM   #22
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Do not forget to fill the helm reservoir from the highest helm. Most helms have a built-in reservoir. Glad to help. Having been around boats for 40 years I have picked up a think or two. Actually FF, Fast Fred, taught me a lot of it.
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:36 PM   #23
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The little "button" on the steering columns is for adding steering fluid. Have recently added fluid there after four years of operation.

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Old 12-19-2015, 09:34 PM   #24
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If you have more than one pump in the system ..... upper helm, lower helm and or an autopilot pump, there is no solution.

I have 2 hynautic helms with a pressurized reservoir. Once I was at the flybridge and my grandson who was probably 5 or 6 at the time started turning the lower helm back and forth, I thought I had a problem but it was Tyler playing captain.


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Old 12-20-2015, 08:10 AM   #25
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With a little creativity one could fabricate a mechanical rudder position indicator using a light engine control cable.....
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Old 12-20-2015, 08:52 AM   #26
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You can install a stand alone rudder indicator, which I find very helpful when manuvering and with a hydraulic steering is the way to knew the position of the rudder.
When I first gout my boat I thought I needed some way to know the rudder position. I bought one of the wheel knobs and mounted it on the upper wheel. That's when I learned about wheel positions with hydraulic steering and dual helms so I returned the knob. I considered a rudder position indicator, either commercial or home made.

My wheel is a tad more than six turns from lock to lock so if I want it set straight I just turn it all the way to one side and then back three turns. Works for me.
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:04 AM   #27
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With a little creativity one could fabricate a mechanical rudder position indicator using a light engine control cable.....
Or a switch to an indicator light on the helm at dead center.
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Or a switch to an indicator light on the helm at dead center.
That would work too. One can also get creative with a potentiometer or a fuel gauge sending unit.
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