Originally Posted by K1W1
If this is a new boat you are looking at things like steel hydraulic fittings might be what they call Yard Standard and you wont get them changed or any discount. Do what the commercial world and fishermen do and wrap them in Densotape, they will last just fine like that.
So, if a yard is using steel for a steering component, which is essential to the safe operation. Furthermore, this part is be exposed to a salt water environment and this is considered yard standard wouldn't you question builders thinking?
Steel vs. saltwater, the salt water will always win.