361 Oceanis Steering

Feb 21, 2013
Hunter 46 Point Richmond, CA
Welcome to the forum!!

Disappointing when the owner's manual does not document the component manufacturer AND worst yet the part is not labled with the manufacturer. This thread indicates the steering system was supplied by Tides Marine Beneteau 361 stiff steering | Sailboat Owners Forums and some of the parts referred to Whitlock so that might be a start.
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Feb 26, 2004
Catalina 34 224 Maple Bay, BC, Canada
Many steering systems have labels on the outside, mine is underneath a flat plate that holds two instruments so I have to be on my hands & knees to see it.

Otherwise, if it ain't outside, then pull off the compass (usually a small turn will release it) and look inside.

A picture would help us to help you, too.


Jul 24, 2005
Beneteau 323 Manistee, MI
If its a French boat, the steering pedestal may be Amiot brand.
The stiff steering symptoms are commonly a rudder bearing that has dried out and/or the cable sheaves need lubrication and may need to be replaced. The chain and sprocket at the wheel is another place to look at.
It really doesn’t matter who the manufacturer happened to be, the parts are likely very similar.