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S&S Swan General - Hydraulic steering
17 March 2021 - 00:29
Join Date: 27 October 2013
Posts: 60

Hydraulic steering

Dear All,

I had a “online” viewing of a Swan 57 the other day.

I got a shock when we looked down in the aft lazarette inspecting to see the rudder quadrant. Then I saw this hydrulic steering system.

To me that doesn’t belong to a S&S Swan. Has anyone tried to source original parts for re-building the original steering gear?

What would be your best guesstimate for costs?

I would also be interested to hear your general opinions on this kind of system.




17 March 2021 - 07:10
Join Date: 29 January 2007
Posts: 1018

Dear Navigare,

not original at all. A drawing of the original steering system is attached.

Which hull number is that boat? I think it could be rebuilt to the original spec, but as you can imagine quite an  important job.

Fair winds,

matteo (47/069 Vanessa)



17 March 2021 - 08:04
Join Date: 27 October 2013
Posts: 60

Dear Matteo,

It is White Shadow 57/004

Quite sad as the rest of the yacht is still equiped with most of the original outfitting.

A lot of work is required though.



17 March 2021 - 15:54
Join Date: 02 January 2008
Posts: 1547

Dear Navigare and Matteo

The picture shows an unusual double ram autopilot installed at the upper end of the rudder stock.
Below the autopilot shelf you will find the original steering quadrant, and the other steering components.
Kind regards

17 March 2021 - 23:21
Join Date: 27 October 2013
Posts: 60

Dear Lars,


Thank you for the information.



18 March 2021 - 11:42
Join Date: 29 January 2007
Posts: 1018

Thanks a lot dear Lars,

I did not know, happy she has not been modified!

Fair winds!

matteo (47/069 Vanessa)

19 March 2021 - 23:17
Join Date: 17 July 2020
Posts: 104

Hello Navigare,

i did visit White Shadow last year,

she is in very original condition, but needs a lot of work as you say.

Looking at her makes a bit afraid, but not sure it is so hard…

going on another one looking easier was not…

Yves (Algol Swan 57 007)

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