• Easy to install
• Easy to fill & purge
THE SEASTAR HYDRAULIC STEERING SYSTEM is
designed to keep pace with the introduction of heavier
higher horsepower engines found on today’s new
type. Irrespective, the seal is often just
an O-ring that sits in a groove. Pry
this out with a flat-blade screwdriver.
(b) After thoroughly cleaning the seating
groove and underside of the plate, squirt
a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid
onto the new seal or deck plate edge to
help ease the seal into place if it’s at all
tight. (c) Roll the new seal into place.
2. Replacing seals on deck hatches is
often a straightforward job if the manufacturer is still in business. Each manufacturer’s products are different and
so are not necessarily interchangeable.
Bomar, for instance, uses a D-shaped seal
with a self-adhesive backing. Those for
Lewmar are a press fit.
3. The cockpit door on my boat was rat-
tling, so I added a thicker self-adhesive
tape to improve
the seal and pre-
4. Even leaks
can often easily be
fixed. Here, I carefully pry out the old degraded seal before
replacing with self-adhesive neoprene
5. Not all leaks are caused by bad seals.
One contributing factor is poor adjustment. Many hatches and portlights have
adjustable closures and hinges allowing
the opening part to close more tightly
onto the seal. One way to check is to
insert a strip of paper around the edge
before closing the hatch. If you can slide
the paper out without it tearing, the seal is
poor and adjustment may be required.
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