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Old 08-26-2013, 07:41 PM   #21
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The previous owner of my boat complained of similar problems (mushy helm, slow response, etc.) which is one reason he sold the boat.

Hope your PO isnt still on this thread after reading your process. I agree whole heartedly with you knowing when to do jobs yourself and knowing when to call a mechanic is key to enjoying boating.

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Old 08-26-2013, 08:24 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by gwkiwi View Post
Hope your PO isnt still on this thread after reading your process.
He's not. He sold everything here in SoCal and moved to parts unknown. Great guy, though!

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Old 08-26-2013, 08:33 PM   #23
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I have always wondered if I should have a real procedure for Bleeding my steering. You see, it has always had a bit of a leak in the 3 years I have had her.(low priority) I made sure the fittings were not loose, and just mop up occasionally. Once a year, I carefully top off the upper Helm pump with an ounce or two, and then carefully replace the cap.

Have never had any qualms with the Bridge steering, as the originally hired Sea Trial captain did - he just took the Bridge, gave orders to stern-way, and headed out to take out the neighboring dock before he realized he had No Bridge steering at all!?!
Guess someone had forgotten to "top-off" for a few years.... forgot to tell him too...

She has never been to finicky about anything much that I can think of - pretty easy-going girl to take care of.

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