If the wheel turns very easily at this point and your engine, outdrive, or rudder also turns very easily, Lube all the fittings on the engine, outdrive, or rudder as preventative maintenance and re-attach the cylinder. I've never owned a new boat before so I don't know exactly what to expect. My only issue is the tightness of the steering. The alignment, as far as driving goes, seems pretty straight. 2000 Ranger 520, 2004 225 EFI. I have a recently purchased '05 Civic 1.7. When sitting still in water, I believe this will be the same issue. But be careful when removing your hands from the steering wheel because an incorrectly positioned trim tab could cause your boat to suddenly turn violently in either direction throwing you and your passengers. I've had this boat for a few years, purchased used. It takes two hands to turn the wheel. But … read more What is the condition of the seals on the ram? If the wheel whips around and forces the boat into a sharp turn, that’s torque steer. I’ve noticed that the steering takes significantly more effort to turn left than to the right. I’ve also tried this from sitting still - same thing. It has always required a lot of effort (two hands) to turn left when it gets up on plane, its turns right with ease. I also see comments about sore shoulders after long runs. Example: Bring the boat to a stop, then take your hands off the wheel and open up the throttle. Torque steer is caused by the steering cable providing a mechanical link between the outboard and the steering wheel.A mechanical link allows forces to be transferred through it both ways: in this case from … I don't really know what else to check. I have a Yamaha outboard FS150 with SeaStar hydraulic steering. If your boat has a prop that spins one way, then usually it's easy to turn right, a bit hard to turn left (due to the forces put on the face of the rudder by the prop). Also replaced lower unit a couple of years ago, and steering cylinder (not related to this issue) last year. Any ideas what this could be, shy of simply cleaning the system and re-greasing it? The weather was nice and we got out on the lake for a few hours yesterday. If it moves freely, turn the steering wheel and see if it is still hard to turn while the cylinder is still disconnected.. I got my last boat when it had 20 hours on it and the steering was way easier. The boat is 2001 18 Dauntless with a Honda 130-HP. What's holding me back are comments from stick steer owners about their rigs being harder to turn one way or another. Turning right, even when moving at a good clip, I can turn using 1 finger. On the bottom of the steering column is a little plastic wing-nut that can be used to add resistance to turning the wheel. I such case, I guess I have two options. 1. to balance the boat, 2. to replace a hydraulic steering … It's always been smooth, not jerky/sticky feeling, just hard to turn. For some reason, I can turn the wheel all the way port side but when I try turning starboard, the steering wheel keeps turning freely but the engine does not budge at all. Boats with props that spin the opposite direction will be reversed, harder to turn one direction, easier the other. The steering of my boat was fine but suddenly while cruising it becomes very hard to turn the wheel when the boat is underway at a speed of 10 mph or higher. If this is not the problem, your hydraulic steering ram on the engine may be coroded or pitted inside or on the shaft. Make sure that the nut is not tight. When I managed to push the boat to port side on trailer, the problem is solved or not noticeable. I've been thinking of getting a stick steer boat with a 40 or 50hp motor. 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