The Teleflex Safe-T® II helm fits right into existing Safe-T dash cutouts, so there's no drilling or dash modification at all.
Rugged, lightweight, compact with No FeedBack technology takes the work out of steering on most V-4 outboard powered boats.
• Suitable for all non-power assisted V-4 and smaller outboards in which there is minimal engine flutter or steering instability
• Patented No FeedBack™ steering mechanism
• Quick response of 3.0 wheel turns lock-to-lock
• Minimal clutch free play
• Standard 3/4" tapered shaft
• Stainless steel cable output ends minimize corrosion
• Wheel not included
• Meets ABYC standards and NMMA certification requirements
Note: optional Tilt Helm available (TFX #SH9119OP). Please contact Fisheries Supply for details at 800-426-6930.
* What is NFB?
NFB stands for No FeedBack, and is an exclusive feature built into SeaStar Solutions helms to fight propeller torque feedback.
In standard mechanical steering systems, the turning of the propeller creates a torque force which can be felt in the steering wheel as a tendancy for the boat to constantly want to turn in one direction. To keep the boat going straight, this veering must be constantly "fought" by the person steering the boat.
A corollary effect is that the boat can be turned in one direction with just one finger, but requires two hands to turn in the other direction. This is especially apparent with larger engines (over 40 - 50 horsepower), as well as at higher speeds.
For about a hundred bucks more than a standard helm mechanism, SeaStar Solutions NFB helms incorporate an internal clutch mechanism that significantly decreases the tiresome effect of prop torque — without having to spend an extra thousand dollars for an hydraulic system to completely eliminate it.
Whereas, when you take your hands off the wheel with a standard mechanical steering system the boat will quickly start to turn of its own accord, with an NFB system that turning tendency will be much slower to start and can be controlled with less effort.
A hydraulic system, on the other hand, will completely eliminate propeller torque feedback, so you can take your hands off the wheel, and the boat will continue to track straight (all other things being equal). Hydraulic steering is a real advantage with larger engines, and is highly recommended for those applications.
In case you were wondering, boats with inboard engines do not experience prop torque since you steer them with a rudder, not by having to turn the entire drive unit and propeller - as with an outboard or I/O.
NFB steering helms should never be used with autopilots or power assisted steering systems.