Originally Posted by casual
Thanks,Good or not Good,play in system.Strength?Do you need a NEW Pedestal
Excellent system and terrific company behind it.
No play in system at all - essentially a direct 'tiller feel'. We switched from a Whitlock/Lewmar draglink system which had become sloppy and no amount of shimming sorted it out. The Edson system seems like it was specifically designed to eliminate the weaknesses and slop potential in the Whitlock system.
These drag link systems have two basic strengths: (1) is that you have a simple direct connection to the rudder
, pretty much like a tiller. So you have lots of direct rudder
feel. And (2) is that once set-up properly they really don't require any adjustment, and don't have cables
to drop off or break. The weakness is that if you have a major catastrophic accident
and do somehow break a major piece of the system they are near impossible to jury rig back into operation - you will need a replacement piece made. But that sort of damage has never (yet) happened to us and we have truly abused it.
Yes, I would imagine you need a new pedestal. The pedestal contains a bevel geared shaft that is they key to the whole system.
Price, I don't remember. Everything on a boat is expensive, but I do remember thinking it was not too insulting a price.