2011 Four Winns F-Series Boat Owners Manual

Steering Systems
G - 1    GENERAL
The tilt mechanism is spring loaded. Due to the
variation in steering wheel offerings, the wheel
may spring up rapidly when depressing the
release lever. ALWAYS KEEP ONE HAND ON
Four Winns  boats are equipped with a rotary steering
system. Tilt and power steering are available on most
A.   Rotary Steering
In the rotary system, a rotary drum assembly is
mounted under the dash behind the steering wheel
with a one-piece cable running through the boat into
the engine compartment. At the transom, the cable
turns and is connected to the engine.
C.   Power Steering
Power steering, featured on most models, is com-
prised of an engine-mounted pump, hoses and
steering cylinder. Power steering works in conjunction
with the helm and steering cable to move the transom
mount tiller arm and vertical drive more smoothly.
B.   Tilt Steering
If equipped with tilt steering, depress the release lever
(adjusting tab) with your thumb to tilt the steering
wheel. Be sure to hold the top of the wheel to assist in
positioning. Release the lever once the steering wheel
is in the position desired. See Figure G-1. Refer to
the steering manufacturer’s literature, included in the
owner’s packet, for additional information.
This is a “power assist” system and can greatly
reduce steering effort required. It is not, however, a
full power steering system as is used in automobiles.
Some steering tension remains in the system.
On models with power steering, restricting movement
of the steering cable will limit or stop the steering
system’s hydraulic assist.
DO NOT interfere with or restrict steering
cable movement through the last 90  of bend
at the engine. DO NOT use cable retainers,
clamps or tie straps. Using one or all of these
could restrict the cable movement near the
engine. DO NOT tie wiring harnesses or other
control cables to the steering cable. Make sure
the deck coaming pads and bulkheads allow
for steering cable movement in all positions
of trim.
Figure G-1:  Tilt Steering Option
If the power steering becomes inoperative, steering
will be harder and more effort will be needed to steer
the boat. Check for a broken or loose belt on the
power steer ing pump. Also, low fluid levels in the
power steering pump reservoir will cause hard steer-
ing. If these items are not the source of the problem,
check for equipment or other items lying on or up
against the steering cable at the back of the boat.
The cable must be free and clear to slide back and
forth. Any item blocking free movement of the cable
will result in harder steering and possible damage
to the steering cable.
The tilt mechanism should not be adjusted
when the boat is moving. Sudden boat move-
ment may cause loss of balance resulting in
loss of control and/or injury.
Steering Systems - Section G
Owner’s Manual Page 63
Product Specification
CategoriesFour Winns F-Series Manuals, Four Winns Manuals
Model Year2011
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