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Old 02-12-2015, 23:07   #1
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It's time to replace the steering cables on my cal 2-46. Any favoured suppliers for high quality 7x19 326 wire and fittings? Some seem to recommend conduit. The originals are not in conduit. Good or bad idea? Any other sage advice?
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It's time to replace the steering cables on my cal 2-46. Any favoured suppliers for high quality 7x19 326 wire and fittings? Some seem to recommend conduit. The originals are not in conduit. Good or bad idea? Any other sage advice?
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Conduit is ok, and keeps the cables from chafing or fouling other items in the boat. However changing out cables from within conduit can be an interesting challenge, if the conduit is a fairly close match for the cables. Grease ages, and as it does so, becomes more viscous.
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Hang in there for better info but somebody has already posted a source for very flexible ss cable here on CF. Regular ss cable is brittle so galv cable is better for tight turns but this new stuff sounds like the best thing yet.
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What helm is this , Edson makes cable kits.
It's really wire and thimbles with Nicropress sleeves.


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Re: Steering cables

I see Edson uses 305 stainless for cable sets. Reading about 305 it has a bit worse pitting corrosion than 304 but less tendency to work harden. 316 seems to have the most work hardening but clearly is the better choice for corrosion resistance. If I go stainless steel then what is best for steering cables? I know 7x19 is the only choice for architecture but alloy choice is not clear? How many ch of a factor is work hardening for steering cables? Will hit harden going around the sheaves?
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The only problem I've ever had was work hardening and broken wires. Go with the soft stuff and be sure to use a thimble. Corrosion should not be a problem as you will probably lube them.
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I see Edson uses 305 stainless for cable sets. Reading about 305 it has a bit worse pitting corrosion than 304 but less tendency to work harden. 316 seems to have the most work hardening but clearly is the better choice for corrosion resistance. If I go stainless steel then what is best for steering cables? I know 7x19 is the only choice for architecture but alloy choice is not clear? How many ch of a factor is work hardening for steering cables? Will hit harden going around the sheaves?
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Best to contact Edson for their info on more technical stuff.
All I can say is it's steering wire, subject to environment and abuse, so check regularly.


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