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Old 10 March 2019, 16:22   #1
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New control cables

Hi All

It's not a RIB but I'm after some outboard advice please?

In the attached pic I've marked on the current route (in red) our outboard's control cables follow to get to the control box which is just visible on the left hand side.

They are quite old cables and they are rather stiff (probably because they've been in the sun a long time).

The route they follow is a pain as they are always in the way and mean you can't open the locker hatch below them.

Ideally we'd take them foward and into a witches hat, something similar to the green dashed line that's marked on. They'd have enough cable above the witches hat to do a complete lock to lock turn.

We have another boat with a more recent engine and the cables on that boat seem to be more flexible. Can anyone advise if the 'idea' route described above may be possible and if so what sort of cables we need?

The ones currently installed are about 9ft long which I think is part of the problem. I think if we bought say 5ft cables we'd be able to achieve a better solution.

Are modern/new cables more flexible and can anyone recommend any suppliers please? Engine is a Honda BF10.

This is for the Sea Scouts so we don't have a huge budget, looking for somoene to do a good deal for us!

Any advice much appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 11 March 2019, 04:04   #2
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Anyone have any experience of these?

https://www.mylorchandlery.co.uk/engine-care/multiflex-edge-33c-control-cables/

Or the MACH zero cables (both blue)?
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Old 11 March 2019, 14:34   #3
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I replaced my cables with multi flex edge this winter, and couldnít believe difference in the routing and space saved while still having very little resistance. Iím not sure you would achieve quite the green routing, but could definitely save some of that loop.
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