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Old 27 March 2007, 18:37   #1
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Apologies if this is the wrong place on forum, wonder if you can assist.
I have knacked the helm on my cable steering system which is attached to a 45hp 4str Honda. This is not the first time, I managed to do this on my old boat and although I should have learnt...obviously didn't. Omitted to strip & lubricate at season end ,assuming would be out over winter as is normally the case. However with the windy winter we had in Scotland & lack of time, wasn't in use. Pulled steering wheel with considerable force against its resistance while checking boat over and.....you've guessed it , it now turns lock to lock in 0.0005 secs!! and the outboard don't move.
Have disassembled cable from o/board, problem lies with the helm unit. My question is, is there any cable helm unit out there that has metal gearing components instead of plastic thus making it "unbreakable" for me, save me doing this task for the third time??, Cheers
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Old 28 March 2007, 00:06   #2
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Teleflex does make a heavy duty helm. My Searider is equipped with one. Can't quite remember the name. Big T?

Yup, that's the name. Had to go look it up in a catalog, was driving me crazy that I couldn't remember! "Die cast gears and added shaft support" $199 USD at www.westmarine.com though you can probably source locally.

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Old 28 March 2007, 05:36   #3
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Buy Hydraulic steering!
I went through two Ultraflex systems in less than a year so bought a fairly cheap hydraulic system for about 250. has lasted about three years so far so even if it breaks tomorrow I am still ahead financially and work wise
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Old 28 March 2007, 13:58   #4
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On a 4m rib I would stick to cable steering. They should last about 5 years with an annual squirt of grease. Suggest you buy one of the kits with all the bits in the box but stuff lots of grease in the helm gearbox before fitting it. Grease the steering tube which goes through the engine too because if the cable gets stuck in there is a sod to get out, been there

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Old 28 March 2007, 14:43   #5
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I have a helm unit you can have, just converted to hydraulic.

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Old 28 March 2007, 16:09   #6
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On a 4m rib I would stick to cable steering. Pete
You are such a fan of cable steering! Murder on the arms...

Hydraulic for me every time...

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You are such a fan of cable steering! Murder on the arms...

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even on a 4m rib with 45hp engine??
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Old 28 March 2007, 16:19   #8
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even on a 4m rib with 45hp engine??
To be fair the RIB I wrestled with was slightly larger. I just found it a bit of a struggle after the ease of steering a 5m /hydraulic/75hp.

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To be fair the RIB I wrestled with was slightly larger. I just found it a bit of a struggle after the ease of steering an 9m /hydraulic/ with auto pilot around Ireland Kathleen
Says she who is an expert windsurfer
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There are safety reasons to go for hydraulic as if you fall overboard the boat should keep going and not suddenly torque steer around. But a Cable system should be plenty good for this application.
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