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Old 12-07-2009, 11:30   #1
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Yacht Specialties Cable Steering Parts?

and is there any on-line instructions diagrams......

I have never worked on one before....any help would be appreciated
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Old 12-07-2009, 18:50   #2
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Chief,

My Seafarer 30 has a Yacht Specialites pedestal steering.
I have heard it called an Edson knock-off, and I have heard that many of the Edsson parts will fit.

Last year my I noticed one 1/2 broken chain link, and frayed cable wires, so I priced a replacement from edson. Edson used to make a 1/2" chain, but I was told it was no longer available, as most of theirs are 5/8".

It has about 1 1/2 - 2' of 1/2" roller chain, attached to the wire cables.

I bought 10' of 1/2" stainless industrial roller chain for the same price as Edson wanted for 2'. Then, I had a rigger swage new ends on wire, and used the largest clevis pins that would fit, to attach to the chain. I just drilled the end links a tiny bit larger to accomodate a beefier clevis pin.

Once I took the compass off the pedestal, it was easy to see hoe the chain went over the sprocket etc.

Still have 8' of chain if you need 1/2"!! Will sell cheap, plus shipping cost.
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I have a Yacht Specialties pedestal on my boat. The linkage for the Morse cable was jury rigged so I made one myself out of aluminum bar stock. I do have an old drawing of the linkage and assembly. Not sure how I would get you that maybe if you can give me an address I could mail it to you or maybe my wife could scan it then I could email it. If you can tell me what exactly you are looking for? By the by Yacht Specialties was a division of Teleflex who make Morse cables. Jack
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re: the morse cables, my boat had the thicker cable for shifting, as it was orginal in boat / pedestal with previous engine. When it was repowered with the yanmar 2GM, thye just micky-moused the cable wit ha new bracket at the trannie, etc , as the yanmar trannie cable mount would not work with the thicker cable.
I replaced the thick cable with the proper smaller diameter cable and used the proper Yanmar trannie mount.
I did have to drill out the cable attachment point in the pedestal (for the lever), in order to use the correct cable.

I also cut off the shift lever, as it was too long to go through enough motion to go between rev - neutral - fwd, without hitting the pedestal gaurd.
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Thanks for your help....thus far
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Old 20-07-2009, 15:57   #6
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Well I have got it apart....have ordered the cable......the best news is the pedestal came apart without one screw being seized up......Ya-freakin-hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If anyone wants to know how they come apart and what they look like, I will be posting some pixtures soon.
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Old 26-07-2009, 21:53   #7
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I have a part # on the cable but it doesn't seem to correspond with anything in the catalogs
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Chief are you talking about the SS wire cable for the steering system or the Morse cables that control the throttle and gearbox system.
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It is an externally hung rudder. The Cable is push-pull kinda like the steering used on an outboard or Early OMC
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Humm you may have to take the cable into a Morse dealer who carries stock to find a close match, probably the original part is out of production. Sorry not much help, I have SS wire running through sheaves on my Yacht Specialties pedestal.
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Well folks....Close to a month and a half...going Norf, Souf, East and the "other East"

I managed to locate one of two remaining cables in the US of A and foreign countries.

Pricey? To quote Sarah P. "You betcha, by golly!!!"

Had to do some minor modifications....but it woiks now!!!!
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What wAs the problem I have one other then an extreme angle at the quadrant it has morse cables and standard 7x19 as in my case Amsteal to the pedeStal
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Re: Yacht Specialties Cable Steering Parts?

hey I found myself with a Yacht Spec pedestal with the Morse style single push pull cable. It just buckles when turned to starboard....was this the type of cable you had fixed? Like a wrapped piece of cable? I can't believe this holds up with a load, especially when "pushing"...
Any help would be appreciated..

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Re: Yacht Specialties Cable Steering Parts?

Yacht Specialties was the big gun in the sailing business on the west coast in the 60s, 70s, etc. and they were bought out by Edson, which is why some of Edson's parts still fit. I happen to have a YS catalog from those days which offers interesting installation information and insights. I would post it, but its too big to attach. If you would like to see it, send me a PM with your email address and I'll send it to you.

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