Venus/Yamaha 225 Setup

   Great information on the website.  I am restoring a 1987 Venus XT, what a job getting out all the old soggy balsa floor.  Whew..the new glass is laid and the stringers and floor are laid down.  I have a 1989 Yamaha 225 with low water pickups and the prop is a 14.5 X 22.  I have read through your postings (great knowledge!!) and decided to see what advice you could give to my setup.  Everything is out of the boat and I am researching new steering options, as well as a jack plate. I was interested in your opinion of the following: Teleflex vs. hydraulic steering....and manual jack vs. hydraulic/electric jack..?
Thank you and take care.



    My personal preference is dual cable rack and pinion steering, and not the no feedback systems on the market. Those systems do not work. Hydraulic steering is "cool", but the boat becomes more difficult to drive. I do not seem to have a problem with it, but some of my customers do. As far as the plate goes, a Venus seems to like somewhere between 6-7 inches, and not much use for the hydraulics. The Venus has a "sweet" spot of about 1 1/2 inches below the bottom with that setback. And not much happens going up and down. That 225 on the Venus will run over 80 quite easily. For some reason, it is almost always faster than other 20 footers. It must be the shape. 




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Mark C.


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