Steering? From hardover, the Novatec's helm feels a bit heavy, which is no surprise when you consider that it features oversize rudders and hydraulic, rather than power, steering. If you're a buyer who feels electricity and water don't mix, you'll applaud this choice. A hydraulic steering system isn't vulnerable to electrical glitches. Which means that onboard the 55 CMY, you're the pump. Using 1/2"-diameter lines instead of the more common 1/4" size, this system produces reliable turns, lock-to-lock, through 95 percent of the wheel's rotation. And thanks to the 55 CMY's big rudders, big props, and CAT engines, which can be placed in slow-speed mode at the touch of a button (reducing idle in gear from 675 to 550 rpm), you won't need to use the wheel much around the dock. There's plenty of torque available. Just back and steer with the shifters. To get this much control, turning yourself into a human pump is a fair price to pay in my book.