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Old 12-02-2009, 04:26 PM
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I've got a Sea Pro SV2100 Bay boat with a 150 Verado on the back. The steering is real stiff and I took it to a dealer in Lake Charles to have him look at it and they told me there was nothing wrong with it and that Mercury hydraulic systems are stiff like teleflex. I find this very hard to believe because it really takes work to steer this sucker and it's nothing like other hydraulic systems I have driven. I would like to get a second opinion on this as I just don't think it's quite right. Can anyone recommend a good Mercury dealer. I live in Deridder and would rather not drive further than Lafayette, but I will to get some good help. I am not opposed to going to Texas either. Let me know who you trust. Thanks.
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:27 PM
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what brand?

i had teleflex on my boat and it was great till the fluid got low

check the fluid
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:31 PM
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I've got a Sea Pro SV2100 Bay boat with a 150 Verado on the back. The steering is real stiff and I took it to a dealer in Lake Charles to have him look at it and they told me there was nothing wrong with it and that Mercury hydraulic systems are stiff like teleflex. I find this very hard to believe because it really takes work to steer this sucker and it's nothing like other hydraulic systems I have driven. I would like to get a second opinion on this as I just don't think it's quite right. Can anyone recommend a good Mercury dealer. I live in Deridder and would rather not drive further than Lafayette, but I will to get some good help. I am not opposed to going to Texas either. Let me know who you trust. Thanks.
I had problems with mine. The grease on the steering rod was old & even though I greased it regularly the old dried grease wouldn't allow the new grease to get to the steering rod. I now use never seize(nickle anti seize) on the steering rod. Haven't had a problem since.
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:31 PM
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Yak' em,

You remember when we fished that tournament and I ended up getting the kidney stone? Remember I told you to feel how stiff my steering was on my boat? I am supposed to have a hydraulic system but it feels like teleflex.
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:32 PM
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i guess i had sea star.

yea i remember how rough it was.

Are you keeping the boat?
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:47 PM
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I love the boat, it's exceptionally versatile as it fishes several people well and with the rear bench seat and the forward lounging pad that came with it it's a great family/party boat as well. It's 8.5 feet wide and very stable; however, I am considering selling it this coming winter as I think I need to downsize a little. I may buy a 17 foot flat or a 17-19 foot bay boat.....or maybe just a kayak!
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:51 PM
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ask w he forgot more about boats than everyone here knows. im sure hes googling as we speak.
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:55 AM
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You can bring it to us at The Prop Shop in Lafayette,we are a mercury warranty center. Your probably have some air in the system making it hard.
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Old 12-05-2009, 11:10 PM
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I just purchased a boat with hydraulic steering. What kind of routine maintenance should I perform?
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Old 12-05-2009, 11:13 PM
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just check for leaks every once in a while and make sure the ram stays clean
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Old 12-06-2009, 02:58 PM
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just wash the rams with fresh water when you get back from fishing. salt water will eventually wear out those seals and need to be changed but they usually last 5 years on a normal used boat.
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I've got a Sea Pro SV2100 Bay boat with a 150 Verado on the back. The steering is real stiff and I took it to a dealer in Lake Charles to have him look at it and they told me there was nothing wrong with it and that Mercury hydraulic systems are stiff like teleflex. I find this very hard to believe because it really takes work to steer this sucker and it's nothing like other hydraulic systems I have driven. I would like to get a second opinion on this as I just don't think it's quite right. Can anyone recommend a good Mercury dealer. I live in Deridder and would rather not drive further than Lafayette, but I will to get some good help. I am not opposed to going to Texas either. Let me know who you trust. Thanks.
i have a friend with the same boat except he has the 200 optimax i love that thing very dry and smooth ride
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:50 PM
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Fishinpox,

It really is a great boat and rides exceptionally well. My wife is breaking the bank this Christmas, I'll probably need to sell in the spring.
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