I need advice on the wheel
system on my 32' Ericson
. It was made in the mid 70's and kept in salt water
in San Francisco
Bay. I moved it up river to the fresh water
area a few years ago, but it seems that the salt water
has taken its toll of a few systems.
Specifically, While cruising, I lost wheel rudder
control. I hooked up my spare tiller and made it back to the harbor to inspect the damage. Here is what had happened: There appears to be a horizontal "H" shaped framework surrounding the steering
quadrant, with the two legs of the "H" fastened to cradles (more like ridges) in the hull
. The crossbar of the "H" secures the two legs. The steering cables
run through sheaves fastened to the leg plates, but the starboard leg (plate) had pulled out of the cradle
thus loosening the quadrant steering cable and allowing the cable to fall off of the quadrant cable channels.
It is very cramped in the hull
area, and the fuel tank
blocks access, so I cannot determine if the sheave plate bottoms are welded to the hull ridges, which probably have a supporting structure, or if they are fiber glassed in place (which I rather doubt) but who knows. In fact, I am hoping that someone out there does know and would be kind enough to advise me so that I can try to get it fixed, or decide if my Ericson
will become a tiller steered boat from now on. Thank you for any info you can share.