Recreational boating is all about the ride. That's why your boat's steering system is crucial for good handling performance.
Based on the type of boat, type of propulsion, the number of engines and horsepower of those engines, you can match the steering system to your boat.
Choosing a steering helm depends on your personal preference. For example, how many steering stations do you want? Is your helm standard or tilt? Do you want other features, like autopilot?
Keep in mind that steering effort is proportional to the number of wheel turns. The number of wheel turns depends on the volume of the cylinder, the displacement of the helm pump and the allowable movement of the rudder or drive unit.
Fewer wheel turns requires more steering effort. More wheel turns result in less steering effort. But, boat speed, rudder size, unusual propellers, hull type and steering wheel size can influence steering effort as well.
Bow thrusters help you dock your boat. There is some debate whether a bow thruster is necessary to navigate docking your boat. If you’re new to boating, your bow thruster can prevent you from damaging your boat and/or the dock.
Thrusters are often offered as standard on boats 45 feet or longer. We stock this top-selling Vetus 24-volt DC bow thruster as well as many Vetus bow thruster parts since they’ve grown in popularity. All Vetus bow thrusters are designed to serve as stern thrusters, too.
You may want to consider adding a thruster to your new boat to increase its value or as an add-on to your older boat.
Recreational boating is all about having fun on the water. Slick boat steering systems and streamlined bow thrusters will keep you riding and gliding along with ease.
For help identifying the right steering system or choosing the perfect bow thruster for a new or older boat, give our boat guys a call.
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