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Offline KenB

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VEVOR-Hydraulic-Steering-Kit-90HP... $400 at home despot.
« on: March 22, 2023, 09:02:14 PM »
I bought one of these for my Jallii Flats skiff project. Was impressed with the price. Was not impressed with the instructions, but I have done baystar and uflex hytech kits before so it should work. The nice thing about the home despot card is the 24 months of no interest. I also bought another 15 sheets of 1/2 marine ply (~$150/sheet so more than bolger plywood's $125 1/2 meranti... but its free for two years!):

https://www.homedepot.com/p/VEVOR-Hydraulic-Steering-Kit-90HP-Hydraulic-Outboard-Steering-Kit-with-Helm-Pump-Cylinder-Marine-Steering-System-Kit-XWYYFXB90HP000001V0/322754385

Between the Baystar and the uflex hytech, I would say the hytech was all around better. Uflex makes the mercury branded steering stuff, but the hytech kit was $700? at west marine, versus over $1400 for the same parts but mercury branded. Also, I think the baystar helm is different from the seastar, while the uflex helm is the same as their big one.

Anyway, I plan to use this vevor stuff on my widebody skiffs, with merc 60hps. The main reason to use hydraulic over the 4.2 NFB is that you have a lot more freedom routing the tubes, versus the giant steering cable that needs to have very gradual bends (and thus has to come out of the corner).  And also you don't end up ordering 2 different sizes of cables even though you measured everything like 6 times... then losing money selling the wrong sized cable on ebay. Because you cant get a refund for the NFB cables after you open them.
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KenB

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Re: VEVOR-Hydraulic-Steering-Kit-90HP... $400 at home despot.
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2023, 01:19:20 PM »
Hi Ken,
Wondering if you have any feed back from installing and running the Vevor helm? Price point sure is better than Seastar!
Alan

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Re: VEVOR-Hydraulic-Steering-Kit-90HP... $400 at home despot.
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2023, 10:08:01 AM »
So far I have been  impressed. It rattles a bit but I think I figured out where that is coming from. And the instructions are dangerously bad.

I bought another kit along with some blueberry trees from Home Despot, if that is useful feedback.
best,
KenB

"HOW CHEAPLY CAN A TOLMAN SKIFF BE BUILT AND JUST HOW  MUCH IS SACRIFICED IF COST IS THE PRIME MOVER?"
- Bruce Armstrong   

"I can tell you that either a nice BFT or a big YFT is an absolute riot on a Tolman. The boat is so light it's like the old man and the sea..."
- Dave Nolan (RIP)