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Old 11-11-2005, 02:43 PM
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If you put a 425hp small block in a Cig 20 with a Bravo drive and 280 K-planes, would you have to run hydraulic steering?

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No, but it would be a nice feature.
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Put a complete Latham set-up on it. It's nice to be able to point the boat where you actually want to go. I'm starting my '77 20 project right after the holidays. Going TURBINE baby!
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You really would appreciat one IMHO.
Had an '82 with Bravo and 385hp.
Verrrrry nice feature even @ 65-68mph.
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ps. Had a single ram WPM on mine
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You should definetlly put in on that setup. It will be safer and make the boat track and handle much better.
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My 18' Sutphen has a 330hp small block and Volvo 290 drive. It was a handful until I added hydraulic steering. Less fighting with the steering wheel. One finger steering most of the time. My suggestion...do it right from the git-go.
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I would not feel safe in that boat with that setup W/O hydraulic steering.
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Are you suicidal by nature? I built a 20 years ago with a twin turbo, never did dyno it, but it ran about 80. The boat owner eventuality wound up pitching himself out of the boat. I would say it is mandatory. I will say it was one gas to drive.
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It almost took the fun out of driving mine when I installed Mayfair full hyd steering.It made the boat predictable.
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Thanks for the replies. I agree that having a single ram is the way to go, I was just thinking about cost.

How fast would a Cig 20 go with 425hp?
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