I just went through a lot of expense changing from standard cable steering to hydraulic steering. I fine that the hydraulic steering is very stiff. I would say it is harder than the mechanical steering. I thought it would be like power steering. WrongO! Is this normal? I mean if this is the way hydraulic steering is why would anyone go through the expense. What's the attraction for hydraulic steering........you can let go of the wheel and not have the boat turn.........Really, is that all there is! Fyi; I'm running a 200 Yami on a 21 foot boat.