How To Measure For New Boat Steering

Speed, hull, horsepower, engine type, displacement and size are major factors in boat performance and handling characteristics. The above selection guide
should be used as a general reference only.

One of the major factors in selecting a steering system is proper cable length. Due to specific routing in each boat, these approximate lengths will vary. Final selection
should be made with the assistance of a qualified technician.Ultraflex mechanical steering systems should not be used on boats equipped with engines that exceed the maximum horsepower rating of the boat.

Efficiency Comparison Test Chart

The chart above shows the difference between two different manufactures based upon comparisons to each mechanical steering system. this is only a guide and does not reflect in know way which system will last longer.

New Boat Steering System Guide

How To Measure For New Boat Steering Cable Installation Chart

Use and Maintenance Of Your Boat Steering Cable

The steering cable must be installed avoiding excessive and/or tight bends. This will provide the driver with easy handling at all speeds, helping to reduce system inefficiency, and excess play in the system. Marine corrosion may cause the materials to deteriorate affecting maneuvering efficiency and in the worst case, system failure. By following the engine manufacturer specifications, the steering cable end fittings and the engine cable support must be cleaned and greased periodically; these simple operations minimize wear and corrosion in the system.

The steering cable must be regularly inspected. If steering becomes hard, inconsistent, cuts on the conduit surface are noticed, or any other component found damaged, the cable must be replaced immediately. When storing your boat for an extended period of time we recommend removing the steering cable end fitting from its engine side support and cleaning it adequately.