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Old 19 June 2009, 12:36   #1
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Looking for some advice on fitting a new steering cable. Have just brought my RIB out of storage and found the cable snapped.
Looking for the best place to buy a new cable at a reasonable price in the UK. I have two 60hp engines what cable do I need?
Also if it is an easy job to by myself or should I put it into someone who knows what they are doing to fix.
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Old 19 June 2009, 16:18   #2
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Hi
Looking for some advice on fitting a new steering cable. Have just brought my RIB out of storage and found the cable snapped.
Looking for the best place to buy a new cable at a reasonable price in the UK. I have two 60hp engines what cable do I need?
Also if it is an easy job to by myself or should I put it into someone who knows what they are doing to fix.
Thank you
Come on bro more info needed, engines,steering type, helm unit, length etc .. wont say I have the answer, but give all the tech details, and I'm sure some learned chaps here, will help or know someone who can

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Old 20 June 2009, 04:31   #3
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The RIB is a Northcraft 6.5m, it has 2 x 60hp Mariner engines 2 stroke with a centre steering console. Hope this helps. Just bought the bought second hand last year, still learning. Thank you
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Old 20 June 2009, 04:35   #4
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The RIB is a Northcraft 6.5m, it has 2 x 60hp Mariner engines 2 stroke with a centre steering console. Hope this helps. Just bought the bought second hand last year, still learning. Thank you
How about a couple of pictures so we can see what make of helm (bit behind the wheel)etc and also the other end where it connects to the outboards
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Old 20 June 2009, 05:09   #5
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Take the old cable off at the helm end and feed it out of the console. Undo the tie-bar nut on the other end of the cable, which probably runs through the motor tilt tube and disconnect the tie-bar, then undo the big nut which secures the cable to the other end of the tilt tube. You'll probably need to cut loads of cable ties, etc. to free the cable from the rest of the wiring, cables, etc running from the console to the motor(s).
Now the fun starts!
On a twin engine rig, you'll almost certainly have to lift up the motor the steering cable is connected to (probably stbd hand motor), in order to get the cable free - sometimes you can just tilt it over sideways, but all the mounting bolts will need to come out in any case. A 60 2-stroke isn't too heavy, but it will be awkward, so probably best to have a mate to give you a hand.
If the cable is rusted into the tilt tube, then this will add further to your fun. Plenty of previous threads on here, on that subject.
Not a technically challenging job and certainly not one that anyone handy with spanners and hammer would need to refer to an outboard engineer.
Good luck!
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Old 20 June 2009, 05:10   #6
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BTW, stevetheboat on here, trading as Nautequipe keeps a good stock of reasonably priced steering cables.
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BTW, stevetheboat on here, trading as Nautequipe keeps a good stock of reasonably priced steering cables.
Beat me to it. Very helpful as well although your best ringing for prices as their currently updating the website.
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BTW if the cable is running beneath the deck then tie a chaser rope to the end before you pull the old one out. It'll help guide the new one though the same path and save you hours.
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BTW if the cable is running beneath the deck ...
Very unlikely on a Northcraft.
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