Originally Posted by Boulter
As to why mine are so worn, I suspect the PO did not fair the cables
well so they rocked back and forth with each direction change of the wheel
. They really are in sad shape. They wore at the SS mounting bracket points. A few of them lost
1/3 of the diameter.
The bracket to which my sheaves are mounted is not adjustable and the angle to the quadrant is fair, as is the angle up the pedestal
tube. Since I haven't had problems with my steering
gear I am unaware of the available options ... if yours is adjustable then you'll be able to get the angle fair on your own, if not then might as well get the bracket re-welded at the correct angle now while things are apart. It is also possible that your steering system is fine and the PO may have had the cables much too tight and/or didn't keep up on the grease causing the pins to wear.
Either way, if I had (another
) $150 annoyance like that I would do a temporary fix until I could get or make the correct parts
at a reasonable price
. Of course you can't do that if you are taking the boat offshore
, but it should be ok for putzing around near home - check that your emergency
tiller works first
. If you can find the correct outside diameter, something really soft like copper or brass tube, or even a hard plastic, would be ideal, just run a bolt through it to hold it in place, and that way you can quickly see where and how much it is wearing. If it wears evenly then probably everything is fair and the PO just had the cables too tight.
And it is also possible that the pins wore out because they weren't bearing grade material.