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Old 31-10-2017, 09:06   #1
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Testing 1.4 Baystar Helm Limitations to HP???

So i have some good used helms i picked up for some change, i couldn't turn them down even if just to resell.

I have a dual station 26 footer. 260 inboard. HC 5330 steering ram. Non power assisted. Fishing set up pleasure boat. Maybe 5500 to 6000 lbs fiberglass

After acquiring the set up i found that the horse power on the helms are limited to 150. Im near doubling that. Yet the 1.7 helm only slightly larger is recommended for my set up.

Will i hurt these helms by using them or is the limitation for power assit applications? I want to upgrade to the larger hemls but its a near 1000 dollar upgrade. After going over budget on the engine rebuild, paint and interior refit the little lady will have multiple cows.

WWCFD? Run them? Im not hotrodding this beast of a floating cabin. The most abuse she sees is a spilt beer in a wake.
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Re: Testing 1.4 Baystar Helm Limitations to HP???

Well, the 1.4 will move 18% less fluid than the 1.7 right? So I would think turning would just be a bit slower. Maybe not a bad thing. Are the pressure ratings the same? I cant remember.
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Re: Testing 1.4 Baystar Helm Limitations to HP???

From what ive researched they are rated the same exact pressure or "bar"

The easier the better. If my calculations are correct the 1.7 is 4.9 turns clock to clock. The 1.4 is 5.9. The difference may not be noticeable.

This boat is being built so the little lady and kid can enjoy boating better. They cant get into sailing...so i do all the work on our sailboat
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Re: Testing 1.4 Baystar Helm Limitations to HP???

I got a response today from a seastar dealer. There are two different grade helms from seastar. Bay star and seastar. The bay star is strictly low torque applications.

Now i have to see what model my helms are. Im not sure the difference as they are both rated with the same 700psi valve but there is at least a 100 dollar difference between the two.
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