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bcasey 03-24-2003 11:23 AM

NFB Steering
Anyone attempt the No-feed-back steering rehab? I'm gonna try it this spring. West Marine sells helm units and the info I have seen makes it look relatively easy, ya right! Somehow nothing is ever EASY, you shoulda seen me installing the Trolling tabs. It's like putting together a gas grill for the first time 3-4 hrs. when the instructions say "a 4yr old child can do this in less than 15 min."
I will wait to purchase the unit till I get the boat out of storage to verify the model # and brand of the existing cable. But I could use some advise and even more encouragement for this one!

Hawkeye 03-24-2003 02:47 PM

Not only have I not attempted it I haven't got a clue what it is.

jfbasser 03-24-2003 06:58 PM

I think we may be talking about pumpless hydraulic steering

bcasey 03-25-2003 07:37 AM

In place of hydraulic steering, the "No Feedback System" is a geared helm (The inside the console connection to the steering wheel which the cable attaches to), It is used to eliminate the pull from the motor. Without it I cannot leave the wheel without the boat turning hard to starboard. Unless you turn the wheel, the engine cannot "Feedback" thru the cable to turn the wheel. Check out West Marine or Boat U.S., the helm only portion, which I hope fits my cable, is about $80, a full system including cable is around $150 ( I think)and much less expensive than hydraulic.

Roop 03-25-2003 07:40 AM


I have the Sea Star hydraulic and it is easier than steering a car.

A quick look at West Marine showed the unit for under $400.

bcasey 03-25-2003 07:44 AM

Roop, no doubt the hyd. system is superior, but at the added cost to purchase and install, I'm going the NFB route. Next new boat will be purchased with hyd. for sure! When ever that is?:devil:

Roop 03-25-2003 07:51 AM

Saw one of these down at Harkers last year.

THe guy runs everything from the flats to offshore for tuna.

bcasey 03-25-2003 08:08 AM

That's alot higher than I could go with an 18 footer but that's the idea!

steelheadmike 03-25-2003 10:26 AM

I installed the NFB steering on my old 17ft aluminum. If you have room to work under the console it's really not bad. It took about 1hr to complete the job. It took me 5 hrs for my electronics and 2 hrs for my gunwhale mounted rod holders.......... go figure.

bcasey 03-25-2003 10:30 AM

Schematics make it look like a reasonable install, I'll post the results. Man, I gotta go fishin:(

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