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Steering Options Based on Engine Type

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STEERING OPTIONS BASED ON ENGINE TYPE
All Outboards & Power Assisted Stern Drives
denotes Tilt Steering available for this product
WILL IT FIT?
MECHANICAL CONSIDERATIONS: Mounting hardware for XTREME NFB 4.2, Safe-T II and HPS helms fits the
Safe-T dash cutout. NFB Rack helms fit 1984-date “The Rack” mounting holes. 1996-date “back mount” rack helms
use a wider rack cable and will not work with old style rack cable (SSC124xx).
HYDRAULIC CONSIDERATIONS: SeaStar helms retrofit into most boats. The SeaStar front mount cylinder is best
for outboards with 22” splashwells or wider. Side/splashwell mount cylinders are offered, but require more room.
Check splashwell dimensions before ordering outboard cylinders.
Outboards (without power steering): No FeedBack™ (NFB™ - mechanical), BayStar® (hydraulic)
is recommended as replacement steering for all non-power-assisted outboards. For high performance boats or
other applications in which there may be engine flutter or some steering instability, dual cable NFB (4.2/Pro Rack)
mechanical systems or SeaStar PRO® hydraulic systems are recommended. For most rotary steered boats made
after 1993, upgrading to NFB can be as simple as a helm and bezel change.
Stern Drives & Outboards (with power steering): HPS™ High Performance Steering is recommended for
power-steered stern drives and other power-assisted applications. Both rotary and rack versions feature unique,
coated core construction for minimal backlash at the wheel. Traditional mechanical systems (Safe-T QC® & Back
Mount Rack & Pinion) may also be used for power-assisted applications. SeaStar® is recommended for all vessels
using autopilots.
*SeaStar
®
P/A is a power-assist add-on subsystem which requires presence or purchase of a complete SeaStar steering system (SeaStar Pro
helms require use of SeaStar P/A Pro). NOTE: Some high performance boats/engine combinations develop instability at high speed. Instability
becomes more prevalent in boats faster than 50 MPH. Dual-cable steering or SeaStar PRO systems are recommended by SeaStar Solutions and
engine makers for these boats. IMPORTANT: No FeedBack Steering must not be used in dual station, power-assisted, or autopilot installations!
Power-Assisted
Outboards/
Up to V-4 & V-6
Up to V-6
V-6 & Larger
Stern Drives
50 MPH or less
to 55 MPH
(to 300 HP) 60 MPH+
Inboards
XTREME SSX176
Rotary
NFB™ Safe-T II
NFB™ 4.2 Rotary
Upgrade to
HPS
®
Rotary
Mechanical
(3 turns)
or
No FeedBack
SeaStar
®
PRO
(order by components)
(cable)
NFB 4.2 Rotary
Dual Cable
HK73XXA
or
or
Single Cable
(4.2 turns)
HK75XXA-3 (no hoses)
Safe-T QC
®
(4.2 turns)
(best for lower speeds)
(both: 4.25 turns)
(both: single cable, 3 turns)
Rack &
NFB™
NFB™
NFB™ No FeedBack
HPS
®
Rack & Pinion
Pinion
No FeedBack
No FeedBack
Pro Rack
(order by components)
Mechanical
Rack
Pro Rack
Dual Cable
or
(cable)
Single Cable
Dual Cable
The Rack™
(4 turns)
(4 turns)
(4 turns)
(both: single cable, 4 turn
(use SeaStar for multi-
(use SeaStar for multi-
(use SeaStar for multi-
(use SeaStar for multi-
engines & autopilots)
engines & autopilots)
engines & autopilots)
engines & autopilots)
Hydraulic
BayStar™
HK4200/4230
BayStar™
or
SeaStar
®
PRO
HK73XXA
SeaStar
®
Steering
(O/B to 150 HP; 4.5 turns) or
SeaStar
®
HK63XX/
or HK75XXA-3 (no hoses)
or
SeaStar
®
HK63XX/
HK6400 (no hoses)
(both: 4.25 turns)
or
SeaStar
®
P/A*
HK6400
(5 turns)
or
or SeaStar
®
P/A*
SeaStar
®
P/A*
(must use
(both: best for autopilots,
SeaStar
®
P/A*
(order by components)
P/A Pro with SeaStar Pro helm)
cylinders are drive-specific)
ALL NON-POWER-ASSISTED OUTBOARD ENGINES (NO FEEDBACK)
CURRENT STEERING TYPE
NOTE: “turns” in paren-
theses refers to number
of steering wheel turns
lock-to-lock. Higher num-
ber means lower turning
effort. Lower number
means quicker steering
response.
STEERING -
Options