Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 14-04-2013, 14:44   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 9
Shortening Engine Control Cables

Is it possible to shorten engine control cables and if so how do you do it?

My throttle and diesel shut-off cables are both too long and flop over into the locker space where they are exposed to stuff being thrown down into the locker.
__________________

__________________
Niagara 31
Ramble is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-04-2013, 15:20   #2
Registered User
 
sabray's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Wash DC
Boat: PETERSON 44
Posts: 3,169
Re: Shortening engine control cables

probably Teleflex or Morse cables. You have to buy new ones sized right with the right terminations. take the old ones off and measure then deduct the amount you want them shortened.
__________________

__________________
sabray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-04-2013, 16:34   #3
Moderator Emeritus
 
David M's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: San Francisco Bay
Boat: research vessel
Posts: 10,150
Re: Shortening engine control cables

Nope. You will need to purchase the correct length. It takes a specialized crimping tool and machining process that the manufacturer uses to produce shift and throttle cables. The good news is they are not all that expensive.
__________________
David

Life begins where land ends.
David M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-04-2013, 13:25   #4
Registered User
 
sanibel sailor's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Sanibel FL
Boat: 1979 Bristol 35.5 CB
Posts: 978
Re: Shortening Engine Control Cables

Actually it depends...
Yes for replacing throttle with a threaded end. Available in one foot increments.
The shut off typically does not have an end fitting. Usually only come in 2 lengths I think. I had one about 3 feet too long. I disconnected it, Laid it out to correct length and marked the outer sleeve. I then pulled back on the handle equal to an amount the the control wire was sticking out originally and cut strait across with a cutting wheel. Push handle back in and you are good to go. Do not cut it with a crushing type tool (pliers, wire cutters, cable cutters, etc) or you will get to buy a new one.
__________________
John Churchill Sanibel FL
NURDLE, 1979 Bristol 35.5 CB
sanibel sailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-04-2013, 15:21   #5
Registered User
 
svHyLyte's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Tampa Bay area, USA
Boat: Beneteau First 42
Posts: 3,434
Images: 25
Re: Shortening Engine Control Cables

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ramble View Post
Is it possible to shorten engine control cables and if so how do you do it?

My throttle and diesel shut-off cables are both too long and flop over into the locker space where they are exposed to stuff being thrown down into the locker.
Make a 360 loop in the cable attaching the point where it crosses itself and a point 180 out to a block screwed or otherwise fastened to a bulkhead with a couple of wire zip-ties each. The size of the loop will determine how much you shorten the cable.
__________________
"It is not so much for its beauty that the Sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
svHyLyte is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cables, engine

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Repower Engine Size and Type for 40 foot Yacht? Snowpetrel Engines and Propulsion Systems 19 04-03-2013 19:19
marine survey advice Ardi Monohull Sailboats 13 28-02-2013 18:07
Want To Buy: Engine Control floridabilly Classifieds Archive 5 17-10-2011 09:33
How to Lift an Engine Charlie Engines and Propulsion Systems 38 03-09-2011 02:12
Engine Vibrating Violently when Shifting to Neutral Heikki Engines and Propulsion Systems 24 13-07-2011 08:07



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 15:02.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.