Did you know that upgrading your boat with a BayStar hydraulic steering kit can reduce both steering effort and maintenance costs? It’s true.
BayStar Hydraulic Steering Kit Upgrade
If you have been considering replacing your boat’s outboard-powered mechanical steering system to a BayStar hydraulic steering system, we highly recommend that you wait no longer. The hydraulic steering systems are very simple, consisting of three main components: a cylinder containing the steering ram at the outboard, an integrated hydraulic-fluid reservoir along with a pump at the helm, and lastly, the hydraulic fluid lines which push the hydraulic fluid between the previous two. Because the system so simple, maintenance is dramatically reduced. This is because of the fact that the hydraulics virtually eliminate all steering effort by the driver. Also, if you are needing to use two hands on the steering wheel to control your boat, switching to a Baystar hydraulic steering kit will make it enjoyable to drive again.
Installing A BayStar Hydraulic Steering Kit
For the upgrade, you will need to use a jigsaw in order to cut the boat’s dash to accommodate the helm pump. This is easier than it sounds, so don’t worry. A proper cutoff tool will made quick work of removing any old and rusted bolts which held the old helm into place.
SeaStar Solutions’ BayStar hydraulic steering kit is the most popular option for boaters who are thinking of changing their boat from mechanical to hydraulic steering. This is a DIY project that can be completed by a handy boater and one other person in a single afternoon. Of course, you could also hire a pro to do the job, but knowing how the job is done would make you a smarter overall boat owner.
This particular steering system is designed for use with outboard motors up of 150 horsepower. We actually installed a BayStar steering system on a 22-foot center-console vessel powered by a 150-hp outboard, effectively replacing it’s old mechanical steering system which was used mostly in saltwater, and then which sat unused for a few years. The switch to the Baystar hydraulic steering kit alleviated the major effort that was required to simply turn the wheel and steer the vessel.
Due to it’s fewer moving mechanical parts, a BayStar hydraulic steering system only requires occasional checks and sometimes you will need to top off the hydraulic fluid levels. Both of these tasks are done via an easy-access port on the system. You will also need to do annual (or about every 250 hours) re-greasing and cleaning of some of the helm and cylinder components.
Yet another key benefit of switching to a hydraulic steering system is that it gives you the ability to more easily add an autopilot to your boat.
As you can see, upgrading to the BayStar hydraulic steering kit is quite simple, and well worth the effort. There are many benefits for such a rather easy job. If you have any questions about the install, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be glad to help anyway that we can with your install.