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Updated: 06/13/2014 08:00:01AM

Are your cables crossed?

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mechanical mojo • tony towns

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Outboards have two basic steering options: Mechanical cable or hydraulic.

When considering a steering system that is best for your needs, you need to consider some differences. A cable steering system is very common and less expensive than hydraulic. Most cable systems are sufficient for most applications. Some cable systems offer no feedback option, which increases steering effort but eases the torque feel — pushing left or right on the steering wheel from engine. So, in general, you gain some and lose some with no-feedback cable systems. In essence, you don’t fight the pull, or torque, generated from the engine unless you are actually steering.

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