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Hydraulic Fittings

NEW ORB -3 FITTINGS
NPT FITTINGS
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NEW SeaStar and BayStar Helms
Identify NPT vs ORB
NEW -3 Helms FAQ’s
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NEW SEASTAR AND BAYSTAR HELMS

SeaStar Solutions is pleased to announce that we have updated our very popular SeaStar and BayStar hydraulic steering helm pumps. The new helms will be a direct replacement for the existing products with additional product features.

At this time the previous design will no longer be available. Orders will be automatically changed to reflect the new part number for all BayStar and SeaStar helms as well as steering kits utilizing these new helms.

The addition of adjustable stainless steel O-ring fittings will simplify the installation process and will allow for simple reorientation of the fittings after installation. Pro helms will no longer be shipped with pre-installed fittings and will ship in the same manner as all of the other SeaStar helms.

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FEATURES
1. New Branding – Updated decal & vent plug
2. ORB Fittings – Adjustable stainless steel O-ring seal (ORB) Fittings
3. Anodized Rear Cover – Anodized black port plugs
4. Anodized Rear Cover – PRO marking visible on casting

NOTE: SeaStar PRO helms no longer ship with hose fittings installed. (see above)

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IDENTIFY NPT vs ORB

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OBSOLETE NPT HELMS & CURRENT RE-POSITONAL FITTING HELMS

Identifying the Visual Differences. SeaStar Solutions has recently updated all helm pumps to use O-ring (ORB) type fittings. Before this update all helms used NPT fittings. The new fittings will simplify the installation process and will allow for simple reorientation of fittings after installation.

Figures A and B below are intended to assist with identifying an NPT helm/fitting vs. an ORB helm/fitting. New ORB type helms are clearly marked with DO NOT USE NPT FITTINGS on the raised area at the rear of the helm.

Do NOT use any NPT fitting or plug other than SeaStar Solutions ORB type fittings in the new helms (See figure B). Refer to the installation instructions included with your component for proper fitting installation.

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NOTICE:
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WARNING
DO NOT use an NPT fitting into an ORB helm or vice versa, doing so may lead to irreparable damage to the helm pump, or, may result in loss of fluid or separation of components. Failure to adhere to this warning may result in loss of steering control, leading to possible ejection from vessel causing property damage, personal injury and/or death.

Failure to properly tighten the lock nut (see figure B) may lead to loss of steering control. Loss of steering control may result in unpredictable boat behavior, collision with an obstacle and/or ejection from vessel, leading to property damage, personal injury and/or death

SeaStar Solutions recommends that the hose and hose fittings are checked on a regular basis to ensure the safe operation of the steering system.

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NEW -3 HELMS FAQ’s

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