I contacted Edson Marine
last week to find a kit to change my two lever (throttle separate from Transmission) to a combined single
lever. During the conversation he emphasized in the strongest terms the need to replace, not just inspect and refurbish, the entire cable/chain set
in my steering system with all new components - every 10 years!!
This is in addition to refurbing bearings in the controls and steering assembly. And, he said the pedestal
should be replaced with new every 15 years (invisible cracks in the column can cause catastrophic failure where the pedestal
This not only expensive, it can also be a bear to do.
They no longer make the combined throttle/transmission single
lever assembly I wanted although they do have one that is part of a new guard rail.
All this went on to my project
to do list for my 1981 boat. I believe the cables
have been replaced by the PO but I highly doubt that he replaced the pedestal
. I have never heard of having to do that before. The next thing I will hear is that my whole boat must be replaced every 15 years because it might fail.
You are right in the need to ensure your steering system is up to snuff. I have friends who lost
theirs from a broken cable 100 miles offshore
. Not fun.