Little unsure of myself here.
I have a wheel
console and have to replace a corroded throttle-cable. It's pretty clear that I'm going to have to dismount the console to get at the innards and that will mean disconnecting both the gear
cable and the steering
wire underneath before unbolting the console from the deck
My questions though, is what happens to the rudder
once it's not longer connected to the wheel
. Is it going to slap around (rolly marina here) and cause damage to itself or its mounts? I guess I could lash the quadrant in place while the cable is off, assuming I can get my hands around the quadrant to get at the cable connections to disconnect them.
Then there's this. While I'm down there, it may be useful to pull the quadrant to have a look underneath. There seems to be a small leak coming from this area that is likely to be the rudder
bearing - I can't really see with the quadrant in place. There are a couple of choices here:
- Leave the leak as-is. It is not very much and could be lived with - though it's never going to get better so that's just putting off the inevitable.
- Or, once the quadrant is off, it may be a matter of replacing the bearing packing - easy job, no problem. Or it could be worse and the bearing may need replacing. That's out of my league but she will be hauled out shortly and I could get the marina to deal with it once she's out.
But then there is the question of what the rudder does with no quadrant to lash up. Again, it's likely to flop around in its bearing and will travel outside the limits usually imposed by the quadrant stops.
Can this sort of work be done in-water? If so, how do you stabilise the rudder while the quadrant is off?