Originally Posted by flooky
ooks like a drama to do, ive read all the threads..oh well
Not necessarily. I may have been lucky, but more often than not I've managed to get them out with minimal hassle and a simple pull. You have the advantage that once you have released the big nut (starboard side) , if the cable is scrap, if you wind it fully "in", you can apply a big hammer to the other end (Port side) to persuade it.
Another tip is if you have an A-frame - unbolt the engine & slide it along the transom to port it means the sterering cable has more free space to come out into. Not sure the details of the Valiant toobs, but the Humber ones are higher than the level of the cable - a quick deflation will also make it easier to get it out (& the new one in).