Hello all,

Lisa and I are new to the club but not to boating, we just purchased a 1980 410 commander which has been more of a floating condo than an operating craft and I am bringing all the systems back online. One thing I noticed is the wheel on the flying bridge turns but it is clearly not connected. The hydraulic lines are there and look a bit dirty. I was wondering if anyone might have any suggestions on how to check this out and look for what might be causing this? Does this only connect when the vessel is running?

Thanks for the help, we will begin posting pics of the "Irish Wake" shortly! 

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Guys, Thanks for all this insight! I will start by topping off the system and bleeding if necessary. A good cleaning is in order in both control areas. Mine has been a floating condo for an older owner and likey has lost pressure. A couple of questions... 1) Where can I get a manual that talks about how to do this work? 2) Where do you add the air pressure, is there a valve in the bilge at the reservoir?  3) is there a gauge on the system that tells me the pressure of is this on the pump? 

Sorry for all the basic questions but I am bringing this old girl back to life and she has many systems that are sleeping and I am learning them all without the benefit of the former owner or any manuals.

Great forum though!

A couple of additional questions...1) where would I go to buy a full set of O rings for the system? I would like to just go through the entire system and replace them all as this is a 1980 boat and I am sure these are original. 2) Would a bicycle tire pump work or do I need something a bit stronger? I can borrow a portable filled air tank if I need to? Which is best?

Thanks! 

1.) Search the internet for Hynautic hydraulic steering. You will find lots of information.

2.) My 1973 has a reservoir in the bilge just below the helm. That is where you add fluid and/or air. I find it difficult to use a manual pump just because it takes so little air to pump it up or leak it down. I  usually let too much air our when removing the pump from the air fitting. I found a cheap 12vdc tire inflator compressor worked perfect. Get a cigarrette lighter adapter and cut the end off to fit the wires with  clip leads you can connect right to the battery in the bilge.

3.) Mine has a pressure gauge on the reservoir in the bilge.

John Brock

1973 410

Hi John,

Library files section:

Steering



John Shanahan said:

Guys, Thanks for all this insight! I will start by topping off the system and bleeding if necessary. A good cleaning is in order in both control areas. Mine has been a floating condo for an older owner and likey has lost pressure. A couple of questions... 1) Where can I get a manual that talks about how to do this work? 2) Where do you add the air pressure, is there a valve in the bilge at the reservoir?  3) is there a gauge on the system that tells me the pressure of is this on the pump? 

Sorry for all the basic questions but I am bringing this old girl back to life and she has many systems that are sleeping and I am learning them all without the benefit of the former owner or any manuals.

Great forum though!

You guys are the best! I am so glad to be part of this club! This is the best support anyone could ask.

Thanks for the reading material and resources!

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