Can I upgrade my boat from mechanical to hydraulic steering?

Upgrade Boat | Mechanical Steering | Hydraulic Steering

Whether you own a small recreational or a larger boat, selecting the right steering system is critical especially when it comes to ensuring smooth navigation and a safe boating experience. This article is a comprehensive guide on how to upgrade your mechanical steering system to a Multisteer Hydraulic Steering System.

Benefits of the hydraulic steering system

1)Smooth operation

Hydraulic systems eliminate the mechanical resistance often associated with traditional setups, providing a fluid and responsive steering experience and thereby enjoying your boating experience.  

2) Reduced steering effort

By increasing hydraulic pressure, these systems require minimal physical effort from the operator, promoting comfort during long voyages or maneuvers.  

3) Precision and control

Hydraulic steering system delivers precision with effortless control for better handling and maneuverability, crucial for navigating tight spaces or adverse conditions.  

4)Durability and Reliability  

Hydraulic components are known for their robustness and longevity, requiring minimal maintenance compared to mechanical counterparts.  

Factors to consider before upgrading

a) Scalability 

Ensure that your boat’s design and engine configuration are suitable for hydraulic steering installation. Consult with us at or with a technician or Multisteer Distributor to assess compatibility and system requirements.   

b) Installation complexity 

While hydraulic systems offer numerous advantages, installation may require professional expertise if you don’t understand how to install these systems. Although Multisteer Hydraulic Boat Steering Kits come as a DIY Kit including all you need and an installation manual, to ensure proper installation setup and calibration. 

How to upgrade

After understanding the advantages, let’s proceed to the upgrade process. This section outlines the precise steps for upgrading to hydraulic steering.  

a) Organizing and arranging

Upgrade your boat with a hydraulic steering kit featuring a premium helm pump, robust hydraulic hoses, and top-tier hydraulic fluid for enhanced performance.  

b) Removing the old steering system 

Begin by disconnecting the mechanical or other steering system installed on your boat. Read the instruction manual provided with Multisteer kits or watch the installation video.  

c)Installing the hydraulic helm   

Mount the Multisteer hydraulic helm pump to the dashboard of the boat, following the step-by-step instructions. 

d) Mounting the hydraulic cylinder 

Securely mount the hydraulic cylinder on your boat’s transom by following the manufacturer’s guidelines for precise alignment. 

e) Attaching hydraulic hoses 

Connect the hydraulic hoses from the helm pump to the cylinder for optimal performance and unrestricted fluid flow.  

f) Purge the system thoroughly

After meticulously installing each hydraulic component, it’s crucial to bleed the system to remove any trapped air bubbles for optimal steering responsiveness.  

g) Testing and adjustments

Finally, examine the new system completely and make any required adjustments to ensure optimal performance and safety.  

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Why Multisteer

As we offer a varied range of products for outboards and inboards for outboards and inboards, it’s essential to consider factors such as boat size, installation and maintenance requirements, reliability, performance, and control and Multisteer delivers it perfectly.


Upgrading your boat’s steering system from a mechanical to a Multisteer Hydraulic Steering System can seriously enhance your boating experience. Its smoothness and maintenance make it a worthwhile investment for any boat owner. By following this guide, you can make an informed decision and successfully upgrade your boat steering system, ensuring safer and more enjoyable boating adventures.  

For more information on Multisteer hydraulic steering systems visit Multisteer’s official website or consult with us today at 

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