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Old 17-01-2021, 13:57   #1
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Cobra pedestal - parts / construction?

Cobra pedestal (1989 if it's original equipment) has the SS support tubing all the way down on the start board side, but stops at the throttle housing on the port side.

Where it goes into that housing it is held in place by a steel pin in a slot (see photos). But it wobbles seriously - my impression is that there should be some kind of bushings on the pin to hold it more firmly. It's held solidly - there's no apparent risk of it coming apart - but it's disturbing all the same.

I've been unable to find any information on this pedestal whatsoever. Anyone have sources or ideas?

Many thanks.
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Re: Cobra pedestal - parts / construction?

Here is a manual for a Whitlock Cobra Steering Manual (But a bit later one)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...TEEjlO-fQ/edit
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Here is a manual for a Whitlock Cobra Steering Manual (But a bit later one)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...TEEjlO-fQ/edit
Good stuff! On consideration I think that the part I'm looking it is an add-on and not part of the original pedestal, but I'm going to save this document for reference in any case.
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Good stuff! On consideration I think that the part I'm looking it is an add-on and not part of the original pedestal, but I'm going to save this document for reference in any case.
When I read your original post I wondered whether it was an "after market" modification.
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Hi , I have the exact same pedestal on my boat and had to refurbish it recently . I have a 1988 Ovni 41 . There are several different models of the Cobra but eventually found the right one . If you can send me your email address I can send it to you . The manual has exploded parts lists as well as instructions on disassembly that are very helpful .
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Hi , I have the exact same pedestal on my boat and had to refurbish it recently . I have a 1988 Ovni 41 . There are several different models of the Cobra but eventually found the right one . If you can send me your email address I can send it to you . The manual has exploded parts lists as well as instructions on disassembly that are very helpful .
Will send a PM with email address - thanks very much.
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I have the Whitlock version and found the weak link in the guard rail/throttle housing one day sailing in a stiff breeze. I was perched on the coaming and braced my foot on the throttle assembly as the obvious location when it moved! Seems the whole shebang is plastic so the tube beneath just broke the plastic housing, a bit like a cheese as it had no real strength at the transition. It also broke the top plate the throttle was bolted to.

I braced the two SS tubes to each other beneath the throttle and repaired the plastic case by making some SS plates bent to shape and bolted in/on. The bracing bar, also 32mm SS tube fits nicely just in front of the pedestal by offsetting the end fittings. Whole thing is now very tough but I still brace my foot on the actual pedestal instead of the tube or throttle housing.

Great pedestal but the add-ons need a bit more thought for durability.
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I have the Whitlock version and found the weak link in the guard rail/throttle housing one day sailing in a stiff breeze. I was perched on the coaming and braced my foot on the throttle assembly as the obvious location when it moved! Seems the whole shebang is plastic so the tube beneath just broke the plastic housing, a bit like a cheese as it had no real strength at the transition. It also broke the top plate the throttle was bolted to.

I braced the two SS tubes to each other beneath the throttle and repaired the plastic case by making some SS plates bent to shape and bolted in/on. The bracing bar, also 32mm SS tube fits nicely just in front of the pedestal by offsetting the end fittings. Whole thing is now very tough but I still brace my foot on the actual pedestal instead of the tube or throttle housing.

Great pedestal but the add-ons need a bit more thought for durability.
Yours must be newer than mine which has no plastic involved. It may wobble, but there's no way anything is going to break if you force it. Heavy gauge metal throughout.
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