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Old 07-08-2013, 03:58 PM
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Looking at the the prop from behind the boat, the prop spins counter clockwise. Is that considered left rotation?
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:01 PM
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Yes, MC only until fairly recently were all LH rotation.
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:38 PM
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Well I just got an email back from the tech at my dealer that I sent the rudder pics to and he confirmed that it is the correct rudder and that I am correct in that it should steer a little harder than a 205 but not much. He said it has to be play in the rudder or the gears in the helm. If it's not raining when I get home I will pull the helm apart and inspect.
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:59 PM
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Can't argue with the tech's logic - the steering in these boats is pretty danged simple.
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:33 PM
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I have a 1999 MariStar 230VRS and I feel that it has very light steering. I can turn the wheel with one finger when underway. When I have skiers behind, I definately don't one finger the steering, but one handed steering is the norm. My wife pulls me skiing, and has no problem steering the boat. I have had 4 skiers at once and had no more effort to steer the boat. My boat has a cylinder with a grease fitting on it that the steeing cable goes into just above the rudder and under the engine (v-drive). If your boat has that, make sure that you give that a good couple squirts of grease, and work the wheel back and forth to distribute the grease evenly. I do that every spring as a regular part of maintenance. Hope this helps!
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:54 PM
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Yeah the standoff is greased and moves freely. Pulled the helm apart and gears look fine too. Dealership is stumped based on what I've told them so they have agreed to look at it free of charge. Hopefully they figure it out.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:20 PM
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I've owned a 79 S&S and a 87 Prostar Powerslot before I purchased my 95 Maristar 200VRS. The Maristar steering was very tight from the day I bought it. I replaced the cable and the cable bracket and it only helped the steering slightly. I cleaned out the rudder housing and regreased it. Still not much better. As with yours, it's free on the trailer and docking speed. I can spin it with one finger when I'm docking the boat. Under way it's tighter the further I get away from center. I've lived with it for a few years but my next step is to replace the rudder and box. The boat had a bent prop shaft and strut when I bought it so I'm guessing the rudder shaft may have a slight bend in it.

I've thought about disconnecting the rudder from the cable and turning it by hand while someone operates the throttle, but I really don't want to have my arm that close to the drive belt if something goes wrong
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:45 PM
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1999 210 Maristar owner. When I bought the boat in '08 steering was hard /tight. Greased near the rudder and can now turn with a finger. Sometimes I think it's almost too easy
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:59 PM
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Well, bought a new rudder box and worked some grease into the helm. Problem solved! It's so much more enjoyable taking out the boat now that I'm not man handling the wheel.
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Old 07-13-2013, 09:35 PM
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Glad to hear you figured it out. Have a good time out there!
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