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  • Keep Hynautic or buy Seastar?

    I currently have an older hynautic helm, the one with the pressurized reservoir, and I'm thinking about replacing with a newer seastar but the cost to replace two helms and all the hoses is giving a little sticker shock. The hynautic works good, but the lower helm does have an occasional leak, other then that, no complaints but curious to hear opinions one way or the other.
    1978 Mako 25 - Blind Hog
    1985 Mako 20c - sold
    Fort Walton Beach, FL
    http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=42841

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    not really any functional difference between them and parts for both are still available.

    unless you are planning to go to tilt helm I don't see any real advantage to the newer parts, reseal the original ones, repaint them and put em back to work

    I still have the original from my boat if you want it for spare parts, someone broke a fitting and then jammed an easy out into the check valve on one side but the rest is still ok[]
    76 25 \"Aenigma\"[br]73 17[br]Richland/Long Beach, MS[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=14182[br][br]17 project[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=56176

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    • #3
      Thanks Leo. That was were I was leaning as it has worked so well for so long, I just wanted to confirm. Plus newer parts in general these days just don't seem near as reliable.
      1978 Mako 25 - Blind Hog
      1985 Mako 20c - sold
      Fort Walton Beach, FL
      http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=42841

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      • #4
        Sailor,

        I used a Hynautic helm rebuild kit a few years ago. It was not difficult. Was completely happy with the parts and fit. The ram was difficult though, had trouble with the one of the end caps.

        However, happy with the results and would do it again.
        Ole Joe
        Just floundering around
        White Hall & Ocean City, Maryland
        1978 Mako 25

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        • #5
          I had hynautic when I first got my 241,lasted a couple seasons. We had a small learning curve with the new tie bar, but glad we did it, love the sea star

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          • #6
            I have a sea star ram so I'm not dealing with the old rams, it's just the two helms and reservoir, plus the relief valve. I think I'll keep it and re-build while it's all out. I will have to run new copper lines as we pulled out the old ones and the third line was a bit brittle in spots.
            1978 Mako 25 - Blind Hog
            1985 Mako 20c - sold
            Fort Walton Beach, FL
            http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=42841

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            • #7
              Check out UFlex steering as well. Build just like the Teleflex but I found them more aggressively priced. I swapped out a dead Teleflex helm with the UFlex and very happy with it.

              http://uflexusa.ultraflexgroup.com/?lang=2

              D-
              Current Mqko - 1990 Mako 211 w/2006 250 E-TEC. http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6226. [br]- Previous Makos 1987 20C, 1979 23\' IB, 1970s 17 Angler

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              • #8
                if your upgrading let me know, I can get a bit better pricing on Uflex. Been running one for ~3-4 years, works real nice.

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                • #9
                  dtmack funny you should mention uflex, was at a boat show last year in the Carolinas, when talking with the uflex rep at his booth. He had a uflex steering ram, and sea star, and also a helm to compare. The weight difference was very noticeable.Not 100% whether that translates into better boating for the consumer, but walked away pretty impressed. Uflex is building beefy, commercial grade components for the recreational boater now as well

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