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Old 30-04-2018, 00:37   #1
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Steering lock?

My 2014 Lagoon 450 came "new-to-me" with a spiffy Goiot Carbon Fibre three spoke steering wheel. The thing is, I can't 'lock' it, which makes reversing on the engines tricky - having to try and hold the wheel/rudders central while working the throttles. I turn the central "Spinner Brake" cap as much as I can and it simply tightens against the wheel until it will turn no more -without activating any braking.


Has anyone pulled their Spinner Brake 'cap' off? Does it in fact come, not just with a rod that fits inside the central steering 'axle', but also with a "slug"? I read on an old yacht forum where the "lewmar spinner brakes" employ a slug of the same diameter as the 'rod' that fits in first to activate the steering lock.
If not could anyone be so kind as to measure the length of the rod on theirs, say from the end of the thread or from the lip of the cap to the end of the rod, so that I can see if mine is simply the wrong length or that when the wheel was installed they lost the original "slug"

Hopefully the pics attached will explain more..the length from the edge of the cap-lip to the end of the rod is 91mm, the rod is 7.5mm I diameter
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Re: Steering lock?

lewmar has different-lengths brake-spinners: maybe Goiot too?
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lewmar has different-lengths brake-spinners: maybe Goiot too?
Yeah I figured much.. I sent animal to Goiot but all I received was a reply informing method from May the 7th that will be on holidays??

I figure the thing I need to know is the length of the 'rod' on a normal Lagoon 450 steering "spinner brake" and whether they normally come with a "slug" - on Lewmar's site they mention slugs and on a yacht forum someone measured their slug and it was 23mm but that was for a Benneteau yacht.
I also sent a message to Lewmar but am not hopeful of a reply (based on past experience)(.
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On Lagoons I have delivered my experience has been that the 'lock' functions adequately when moving forward but is unable to stand up to the forces when astern.. as a result I work the engines for marina operations with one knee jamming against a wheel spoke.
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Re: Steering lock?

It is usually not strong enough to hold the wheel in place in reverse. I use it only when moored/anchored to avoid rudders swinging.
When in reverse I just hold it strongly with left hand while operating engines with right.
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Re: Steering lock?

I find the steering lock on our 450F pretty useless. It will NOT hold when in reverse, even if you tighten it down really hard.

I also either hold it, or (normally) pick a direction that mostly suits what I'm trying to do and let it go to full lock. I find it does help quit a bit with kicking the stern around in the direction I want it to go, especially when springing off. (obviously not great if you are trying to go straight !).

Was considering tying it off, but unsure if that was wise or not as the forces in reverse are considerable !.

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Re: Steering lock?

Same with our L420 which has the Goiot wheel brake as well.

I snug it down quite tight, then when maneuvering in reverse I center the rudder so it is straight on to the water flow off the propeller (rudder is forward of the sail drive) and put my foot on the bottom of the wheel to help keep it from turning.

If I donít put my foot on the wheel it will generally turn slowly one way or the other but doesnít slip hard over.

This works well for me so not much of an issue.
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On Lagoons I have delivered my experience has been that the 'lock' functions adequately when moving forward but is unable to stand up to the forces when astern.. as a result I work the engines for marina operations with one knee jamming against a wheel spoke.
Job done..


Me too. I think it is just a typical friction lock which cant hold against forces generated on rudders installed forward of props. Never driven one that could.

OP, I dont think you have a wheel brake problem, the behavior you describe is typical.
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