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Old 24-08-2017, 23:56   #1
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seawind 1000 heavy steering

I have just inspected a 1999 SW1000 Iam inerestes in , it is the first one I have looked at but the steering seems very heavy, the current owner insists this is normal due to the cable steering set up. Any one have similar experience.
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Old 25-08-2017, 03:28   #2
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Re: seawind 1000 heavy steering

I have only sailed a Seawind 1000 once, and don't remember that being the case. Perhaps the rudders are attached wrong. If they were ever removed for maintenance or transport the foils might have been reversed front to back by someone who reassembled it? Just guessing, but I know of that happening on another boat model.
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Ditto. The SW 1000 I sailed on had very light steering.
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Old 25-08-2017, 04:21   #4
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I've never heard of "heavy steering" being a characteristic of Seawinds. Trust your instincts. If it feels heavy to you, something is wrong there.
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I have just inspected a 1999 SW1000 Iam inerestes in , it is the first one I have looked at but the steering seems very heavy, the current owner insists this is normal due to the cable steering set up. Any one have similar experience.
Is this boat in Channel Islands Ca? I was hired to sail one up there and it was ridiculous.

It felt like the steering lock was on tight. Nothing I could do would change it. If this boat is not the same boat then I would seriously look at a different model. Visibility was also terrible as you have to look through the cabin to see forward
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Re: seawind 1000 heavy steering

I am on old weak white guy who sometimes steers my Seawind with one finger. But more often I sit to the side on the deck of the hull by the steering station and steer with my big toe. Not sure how you define heavy but to me being able to steer with a big toe is light steering.
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Is this boat in Channel Islands Ca? I was hired to sail one up there and it was ridiculous.

It felt like the steering lock was on tight. Nothing I could do would change it. If this boat is not the same boat then I would seriously look at a different model. Visibility was also terrible as you have to look through the cabin to see forward

Update: The one I was on may have been a Gemini, My apologies
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Re: seawind 1000 heavy steering

Have owned 2 Seawind 1000's and never had a problem with heavy steering. They also in my opinion have great visibility from the helm.
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Have owned 2 Seawind 1000's and never had a problem with heavy steering. They also in my opinion have great visibility from the helm.

Yea but I think they have better visibility when you sit on the deck and steer with your foot like you showed me. Not to mention you also get a better feel of the wind.
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Re: seawind 1000 heavy steering

Is the steering heavy under motor/s as well? If heavy under motors then possibly seized pulleys where the cables turn corners, helm lock is on too tight or corroded, rudder post bearings seizing up, helm wheel bearings sieized. Often fixed with just WD40, then some more long lasting lubrication. Other issue could be line wrapped around rudder post under water and jamming between blade and hull.
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Geminis use push-pull cables for the steering system, which inherently have more resistance than the standard cable-pulley system. The push-pull cables also must be greased to keep them in good condition. These cables are known to only last about 10 years.
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