Hello me 'ole catlovers!
Reading the various designer
comments and talking to experienced catsailors, I am still none the wiser what is best to choose: cable steering
or hydraulic steering
. The opinions vary.
On a monohull
, I would never have hydraulic steering
. But steering
a cat, is a different sensation where fine tuning is concerned.
There are some cat designer
who are quite adement about cable steering. However, I have spoken to several cat owners "in the field" who would only have hydraulic steering. Either coming off cable steering or because of years of pleasant cruising without any problems.
The pro's mentioned for cable steering is mostly the "feel factor". Some also mention the weight of hydraulic systems (although the weight thing is bollox as far as I am concerned).
However, hydraulic steering systems on cats apparently also have some "feel" to them, as long as the system is not overdimensioned. If there is pressure on the rudders, this will be felt in the steering wheel
Also, where weight is concerned, a well laid out system (with totally clean pipes and connections) will not wear and tear as much as a cable steering system and will be lighter in it's totallity. Furthermore, plugging in the autopilot
into the hydraulic system is easy. No need for extra arms, just a hydraulic junction junction box.
But, what are the experiences of people who have dealt with either system, or even better, with both!
I thank you for your comments.