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Old 29 July 2008, 10:35   #11
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A friend of mine lost the steering cable on his Boston Whaler a couple of years ago, several miles from the ramp. He clamped a pair of vise grips onto the front of the motor frame, and used that as a tiller. He did say it was sort of a pain to run forward to adjust throttle, and back to steer, but he made it in... Slowly.

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He clamped a pair of vise grips onto the front of the motor frame, and used that as a tiller. He did say it was sort of a pain to run forward to adjust throttle, and back to steer, but he made it in... Slowly.

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Now, if he was using an extended boathook instead, he could have reached the controls....

And yes, home slowly but surely!
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Old 02 August 2008, 20:20   #13
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Interesting to know if anybody has had a complete steering failure and what they did to resolve it.

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I've had a failure of the ram. The seals gave up and oil was rapidly trickling into the well. Managed to get home OK - about 15Nm. Just had to keep the speed down to about 20kts. By the end of the trip I only had steering in one direction.
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