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Old 11-13-2020, 02:17 AM   #1
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I am close to buying a 4600 and did sea run today. I have hydraulic steering on my current boat which operates like "butter". On this boat it seems hard to turn to me and squeaks when turning the wheel.

Im having surveys next week but curious if any of you have any input/thoughts?

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Old 11-13-2020, 10:18 PM   #2
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I could be mistaken but I think there's a pressurized reservoir on the back wall of the engine room that may be low on fluid or pressure. Check that and also check the fluid at the steering wheel.(there's a little filler knob)
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You are correct on both - I will check them at survey. Someone mentioned there is a knob underneath the wheel which adjusts the resistance - will check for that also. Thank you!
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I would assume the 4600 is hydraulic steering as well. Do you feel a slight 'pulsing' when you turn the wheel?

Does the boat have inboards or outdrives?
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Hi Shrew,

Yes, it has hydraulic steering and no, I didn't notice pulsing. Just a wheel thats hard to turn and squeak's when doing so. The boat has the twin 450 inboards.

We are doing a mechanical tomorrow and hull surveys Thursday. I plan on looking into it further with them. I haven't checked the reservoir levels which may be the issue.
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