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Old 28-02-2012, 06:35   #1
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Steering System Identity

Wondering if anyone can assist in identifying (Manufacturer/Model) the Gear and Cable Steering System pulled from a 1969 Cheoy Lee Clipper 36. I could not find any identifying marks or labels on any of the parts.

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Old 28-02-2012, 08:56   #2
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Re: Steering System Identity

That is the exact same gear I have on Bluestocking. a 1965 Cheoy Lee built Rhodes Reliant.

I understand that it was homemade Cheoy Lee gear.

Zinc Chromate yellow interior and hard-wired binnacle power on starboard side.

If you strip it, make sure you center punch the crown and pinion teeth to get them back in the same relationship.

They "wear-in" for tolerances, and can be difficult to smooth out later.
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Old 28-02-2012, 09:19   #3
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Re: Steering System Identity

BlueStocking

Excellent feedback -many thanks. I was a bit stumped since one of the previous owners added an Edson pedestal guard (clearly marked as Edson) and when I asked the same question of the Edson folks, they indicated an unknown manufacturer.

I am planning on refurbishing, and likely adding the engine controls to the pedestal. Thank you for your advice on marking the gear marking. This unit has a bit of galvanizing and paint wear. Any other bits of advice?

btw - it was a nightmare unmounting the unit, as the factory had epoxied the teak base to the cockpit sole, and the bolts were epoxied as well.

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That looks almost exactly like an Orion system. I recently pulled mine off and replaced it with an Edson CD-i.
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Old 28-02-2012, 10:05   #5
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Re: Steering System Identity

Thankyou sailinmon

I'll give the Orion systems a look - do you recall the year/model of your old Orion unit? a quick look on the Net would seem to indicate that the Orion Steering System? is now out of business. A couple more questions if I may:

1) Do you have any info on Orion, if they were bought and by who?
2) Do you have any documentation that accompanied your old unit?

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