Originally Posted by belizesailor
Interesting. I've never driven a hydraulic system that had decent feedback. What's your configuration? "Feedback" valve?
To hell with manual feed back!
I installed hydraulic gauges port and stbd right at the cylinder. I keep my wheel
hydraulically locked when sailing and rely on the gauges for trim. Motoring, I just pull out the lock to make it easier to steer.
I hardly ever see more then 200 psi feed back unless I'm going over a crest. It sure makes sail trim a breeze.
When I installed my Kobelt system they sent me a form to fill out, in which they calculated the stresses and and the size of the system I needed for my boat. It worked out perfectly. I have 4.5 turns lock to lock at 70 degrees of swing. I only have a 36" wheel
but I can still turn it easily in the big waves. I do wish it were more like 3.5 turns but I have a fairly large rudder
that contributes to the COR.
If you need any tips on plumbing
it up, I am a hydraulic mechanist.
all my fitting are either NPT or JIC 37.5 degree, made of bronze or SS. The only steel
in my system is the ends of the flex hose at the cylinder, only b/c I figure I'll be replacing them on occasion, and #8 fittings in SS are quite spendy. And my system has no drips! Use professional tools to do the work.