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Old 23 June 2010, 18:36   #1
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Teleflex Helm

Just bought a new helm to replace an Ultraflex one and it's huge in comparison. Looks like the console might need a bit of modification, so my question is, although the instructions state that the cable should exit to starboard, what difference would it make if it exited towards the stern i.e. straight back towards the seat? I can't honestly see how you could achieve the minimum cable radius in a narrow rib console if it was to exit to either port or starboard.

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I think the steering on my old Humber was teleflex and that certainly came out of the helm unit heading straight backwards - as you say you would never have got the cable to bend in a tight enough radius to fit in a single console.
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Steering on my Sr4 did the same, as well as on my current boat.
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I think that when they say "to starboard" they mean out of the hole on the starboard side of the helm unit when both holes are facing down or aft.
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I think that when they say "to starboard" they mean out of the hole on the starboard side of the helm unit when both holes are facing down or aft.
I think you have hit nail on head

Otherwise the steering would operate in reverse which would be interesting
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I think you have hit nail on head

Otherwise the steering would operate in reverse which would be interesting
Or you'd have to fit it to the other side of the outboard (naming no names! )
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Or you'd have to fit it to the other side of the outboard (naming no names! )
If only he'd got the Fwd/Rev mechanism mixed up too.
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That's it then, astern she goes, the instructions do show that the helm must be mounted with the cable exiting to starboard and that the starboard clearance must be 12 inches. Do you think someone should tell them that you can't do that in a rib?

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Just to answer my own question after a day of lying upside down covered in fiberglass. You can mount the Teleflex helm any way you want, even though the instructions say it must be mounted to starboard. The bracket is multi drilled so can accept a number of positions, so mine is at about 10:30 on the clock, doesn't make any difference at all, even to the wheel position.

Only problem was that some clown had replaced one of the remote cables with a 7 foot and the other was an 8, so what should have been an easy job is now a new set of cables.

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