Texas startup offers steering system rebuilds

Author:
Updated:
Original:

When a boater brings a marine dealer a problem with a hydraulic steering system, typically a leaky cylinder or helm, a technician can take one of two routes - replace the seals and see whether that fixes the problem or recommend replacement with a new unit.

Boat Steering Rebuilders LLC in Adkins, Texas, offers a third option - rebuilding the unit. Butch Castleberry, who owns the business, says there can be internal problems that a seal repair job does not address.

"In many cases, a leak can be a symptom of a more serious problem," Castleberry said in a statement. "A rebuild, professionally done, can not only return a system to original spec, but also extend the life of the existing system, oftentimes providing an extra five to seven years of use."

His business will offer its rebuild service directly to dealers. A dealer's technician will remove steering ram assemblies and helm pumps and send them to Boat Steering Rebuilders. When the work is done, the rebuilt system is sent back to the dealer, which can reinstall the parts and deliver the boat to the customer.

Boat Steering Rebuilders says the cost of a rebuilt ram or helm is usually about half that of a new unit. Turnaround time is typically five to seven days.

Click here for the full release.

Related

Windy Boats to Make U.S. Debut with Nautical Ventures

The Florida firm said the Scandinavian brand will complement its other European boat lines.

Beneteau America Names New President

Don Smith joined the French builder in 2018 as outboard sales manager.

Supply and Demand

Facing unprecedented demand, Brunswick plans to reopen its Palm Coast, Fla., plant and expand operations in Mexico and Portugal.

EPropulsion Announces 2021 Lineup

Its electric propulsion offerings now feature hydrogeneration capabilities, 48-volt architecture and more.

Yamaha Updates Midrange Outboards

The F250 and F300 now share features from Yamaha’s 425XTO engine, such as Digital Electric Steering and Thrust Enhancing Reverse Exhaust.

Quick Hits: January 25, 2021

Inmarsat marks significant installation milestone on its Fleet Xpress system and the NMEA announce virtual marine electronics installer training classes for next month.

Yanmar Names Power Solutions Division Manager

Carl J. Micu will oversee sales and the development of long-term growth plans.

Lippert Components Rebrands

The company’s core line of marine, RV and commercial products, including Lewmar and Taylor Made, will be branded as Lippert.