How to Choose the Right Steering System for You!

With the variety of choices from SeaStar Solutions, it can get confusing on what kind of steering system you need to handle your boat with safely and with ease. The biggest factor when choosing will be the application of the steering system you are choosing. Knowing what your engine horsepower (HP) will define what system is optimal for your boat.

SeaStar Solutions offers 8 different Mechanical Steering Kits for a variety of needs and we have this handy chart as a basic guide. However, it’s always a safe bet to go with what your boat builder originally put in the boat. This will guarantee that you won’t get any surprises while handling your boat and ensures that you get the same smooth operation.

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We recommend that you use NFB steering for outboard applications; and before you say it, I can already read your mind… you’re wondering… “What does “NFB” mean?”  NFB means No FeedBack. This is a feature SeaStar Solutions has built into the helm that fights prop torque feedback. Pretty cool, right? Though remember, NFB should not be used with autopilots or power assisted steering.

6 Replies to “How to Choose the Right Steering System for You!

  1. Hi guys,

    I’ve just bought a sea star hc45… front mount cylinder (advised good for my 250 etec running at the time) for my Ring 21 ski racer with a mercury xr2 200hp. what helm so I need please and which hoses?

    also which cu inch is appropriate for a ski race boat too?
    I may end up running two outboards currently.



  2. looking for a safe-T QC rotary steering kit that will replace a (morse-E304411-150in-M3763 cable) that came off a 1986 Crestiner 16 ft 50hp Evinrude outboard unit with a cable through engine tilt tube set up.


  3. Been trying to contact SeaStar for some time, they don’t answer their phones and haven’t replied to my emails.
    I have an older mercruiser pre alpha stern drive, I have the out dated Sytten hyd. Helms and am trying to figure what is needed in terms of Helms and cylinder to upgrade to a SeaStar dual helm hyd. Steering system, the engine also has a power steering pump on it. So it it hyd. Over power assisted steering… the cylinder at the transom is what I am most concerned about

  4. I have sent an email to your hydraulic team looking for advice in transferring cable steer to hydraulic steer on my 2002 skeeters bass boat with a 115 Yamaha motor. I would like to know what kit to use? Looking for input

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