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Old 09-15-2018, 09:53 AM
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Power steering option

Is power steering a nice to have or a need to have? I really enjoyed the control of my old Moomba Mondo when docking the boat. My X20 came with the power steering, which is nice for driving but not as much control docking. I noticed its an extra cost on the x22....wondering if its worth it?
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Old 09-15-2018, 12:10 PM
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I don't have it on my X25 - I actually prefer non power steering vs Power - Mine is super easy to turn & holds in place while under way no problems.
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Old 09-15-2018, 01:58 PM
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Is power steering a nice to have or a need to have? I really enjoyed the control of my old Moomba Mondo when docking the boat. My X20 came with the power steering, which is nice for driving but not as much control docking. I noticed its an extra cost on the x22....wondering if its worth it?
Its NOT power steering.
Its Hydrolic steering.
I have had it on a few boats including my current X20, its nice when you are underway, cruising /boarding ....but a bit stiffer around the dock.

I would not "order it" but i would certainly like it on a used find.

440 has added "power steering" to his new X-Star... interesting project , maybe he will see this and chime in
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Old 09-17-2018, 04:01 PM
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Thanks for the clarification that it's actually hydraulic steering. If I remember correctly, it was an option around $1500... I'm not hearing anyone convince me that it's worth the money at this point.
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Old 09-18-2018, 01:05 PM
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I have hydraulic steering. It makes the steering "stiffer", but also super consistent. It is a little more difficult to turn, but always feels the same. It doesn't ever pull or spin the steering wheel, if you are surfing you can let go of the wheel and the boat will stay on course.

to me, it feels like driving a truck/suv that has power steering - its not hard, but you do have to turn the wheel with more than just 1 finger.

My two year old sits in my lap and will turn the steering wheel full lock to full lock over and over again - he doesn't get tired of it - so it can't be that hard.

I think from a safety and driveability standpoint - the benefits of hydraulic steering outweigh the costs. It gives you way more piece of mind.

I think when you combine hydraulic steering with Dockstar (3 rudders instead of 1) - thats when it becomes even more difficult - to the point where maybe it gets tiresome - but I don't have enough experience on that setup to say for sure.
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Old 09-18-2018, 01:38 PM
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it's standard on salt boats and honestly wouldnt buy another boat without it. I was driving a buddy's non-hydraulic steering boat while surfing this weekend. It was way different always steered/pulled towards the wake side. Had to pay lots more attention to keep it in straight line than on the hydraulic. Its def stiffer around the dock, but Ive never really had any probs...
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Old 09-18-2018, 02:19 PM
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Dockstar definitely increases stiffness. This was my first year with DS and I noticed it right away.
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Old 09-18-2018, 03:23 PM
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I have had hydraulic steering on my past two boats and would order it again. Yes its stiffer but its so much nicer when you let your hands off the wheel the boats doesn't jerk to one side.

Like others have said, its very consistent and smooth IMO. I don't find that its all that tight compared to the typical steering cable.
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:49 AM
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I regularly drive one with and one without. They both have their pluses and minuses as already mentioned. I'm fairly neutral in my opinion of them with a slight preference for without. If I were to order new I wouldn't add it as an option because it's not worth the extra cost for sure and I don't feel like you'd even get it back in resale. That said, if I found one that had it, I certainly wouldn't say no over the steering.

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