Mechanical Steering

What is Mechanical Steering & How Does it Work?

Mechanical steering systems, also known as manual or non-power steering, are most commonly used in smaller boats.    

Mechanical steering uses push-pull cables which connect the steering wheel and helm at the front of the boat with the outboard motor.

These systems provides good handling performance and safe operation for smaller craft up to 10 metres in length.

Some owners of small boats that currently use a tiller arm on the outboard to steer the boat may want to upgrade to mechanical steering to allow them to use a steering wheel, sit closer to the front and steer with less physical force.

There are three main parts in a mechanical boat steering system – the helm (rotary or rack and pinion), steering cable, plus the connection kit (if required).