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Old 11-06-2008, 17:47   #1
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Steering Wheel Chain

I'm working on getting my boat ready to spend some time in Mexico. I have a question for all of you with older boats. When is it a good idea to change the steering wheel chain? The boat is going on 25 years old. I am going to test the cables today by running a rag over them and seeing if the rag gets snagged. If it does I will replace those wires if not I'll buy some spare cable the same size along with whatever other hardware I need.

The chain OTH. I lubed it it looks good. How do you know when to change out the chain. I have four different ways to steer should the chain on the main wheel break. Autopilot, windvane, emergency tiller, and second steering station. (They all connect to the rudder post so that is my critical part.) Anyone ever have a chan break on them?
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Old 11-06-2008, 19:50   #2
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I just carry a spare chain. IIRC if a chain has XX amount of side play or twist it is no longer serviceable anymore, but I don't remember the value.
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Old 12-06-2008, 04:04   #3
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Marine Steering Inspection Checklist from Edson:
http://www.edsonmarine.com/support/P...Inspection.pdf

"Inspect steering chain for proper lubrication and free-movement, and Replace if dry, corroded, or does not "roll"
Inspect sprocket for broken, worn or bent teeth, and Replace sprocket if broken or bent."
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Old 12-06-2008, 07:32   #4
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Thanks Gord:

Great information in that document.
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