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    Some model provide /NO HYDRAULIC STEERING / ... Is this really important for a 20ft tritoone?

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    Hey kna:

    Well, on a 20 foot tritoon with a 115 - 150 hp outboard, you will find considerable steering torque with just cable steering.
    Steering torque can be minimized with proper adjustment of the trim tab on the anti-cavitation plate of the engine and
    trimming up/down of the engine. This helps but doesn't eliminate it.

    However, trimming is usually most effective at one setting and if you trim in or up it will change the steering torque effort.
    Having said that many manufacturers will not put a large engine on a boat with just cable steering.
    So, the minimum is hydraulic steering; ( not the same as power steering ) but a heck of a site more comfortable than cable.

    At least specify hydraulic - if you can get power steering with a large HP engine you will not have that torque feeling.
    No engine trim tab will be on a power steering setup. Hydraulic is less expensive and works just fine.
    Captain Tony
    2005 Summit by Triton - 220T Platinum 3Log
    2005 115HP Mercury Optimax - 228 Marine Master Trailer
    St. Louis & Lake of the Ozarks, MO.

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