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Old 01-12-2014, 08:10   #1
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Replacement Chain?

I've got hydraulic steering on my sailboat. My wheel is connected to the hydraulic pump by a chain that looks like it's off a bicycle. Being totally paranoid and always wanting spares of everything on board, I'm looking for a source for such chain. Not even sure how to measure it. Getting it off isn't going to be that nice either.
I'm out in Malaysia so I figure to have to have it shipped in. Anyone have a source or suggestion. Heading for the Indian Ocean in January and I want to have all my bases covered. After all, paranoia is my friend.

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Old 01-12-2014, 08:52   #2
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Re: Replacement Chain?

There are industrial roller chain suppliers in the US. Order your chain by the pitch of the links (distance between the pins.)
Hard to imagine the chain itself failing but the cable, yeah.

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Old 01-12-2014, 09:05   #3
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Re: Replacement Chain?

In California (and probably all over the US) there is a company called Motion Industries, that has just about every type of chain, belt, sprocket, etc. that is manufactured. They may even have chain in Stainless steel, which since your chain is probably just under your compass, might be an important consideration. You might also contact the companies that make steering pedestals. Almost as important (maybe more important), do you have an easy to use, functional emergency tiller? Good Luck. _____Grant.
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:20   #4
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Re: Replacement Chain?

I just noticed that you have a Liberty 458, which is an offshoot of the Peterson 44. I sailed a Peterson for years, and it had a very poor emergency tiller set up. I would of had to go down to the aft cabin, dismantle the bunk and attach the tiller, and then not be able to see where I was going, or handle anything on deck, or even communicate with people on deck. I hope the liberty has thought it out better than the Peterson. If your system is similar, I would make sure you have spares for everything in your hydraulic system. Best of luck. _____Grant.
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