Does anyone have an Edson CDi steering
system who can provide me with some feedback / thoughts.
By way of background::
I have a UFO 34ft yacht which I am thinking of converting from tiller to wheel
. I'm not keen on doing a chain / wire instalation due to difficulty in accessing the rudder
shaft tube, and need to cut the tube for the quadrant to go on, and fit a stuffing box to make the tube watertight. It's all too difficult given what's already under the cockpit
(fuel tank and engine).
The existing rudder
shaft comes through the back of the cockpit
floor, so I was thinking of placing the pedestal
in front of it by say 15" and fitting the steering
linkage and tiller arms above the cockpit floor, but under a raised grate floor panel. Sure, I will lose some depth
in that area, but no major problem. This way, the whole instalation is not difficult from an access perspective, and not creating potential for leaks
(rudder shaft tube or cockpit).
I do need to work out whether there is room for all the linkage pieces to fit, and sufficient swing room for the mini-tiller arms. I'll communicate with Edson
about that if i proceed.
My sailing is limited to Saturday afternoon racing
, and some longer trips where I would be at the wheel
for no more than say 6 hours. I do not intend to use autopilot
, and I usually sail in winds of 10 to 30 kts.
So assuming I can instal this system, let me know what your thoughts are. (eg. ease of use, turning circle, maintenance
I note from the Edson web site that the system seems to have a ~1.8 turn lock to lock. Is this a possitive or negative issue?