Hi everyone, we have purchased a S&S Defiance 30 and the steering wheel
is quite stiff. Below deck
all is looking OK so I'm thinking the chain or whatever mechanism is in the pedestal
needs attention. I need some advice
please as, coming from a dinghy
background, I've not dealt with such things before.
is not working and needs to be replaced as well. Now, to get inside the pedestal
, there are no screws visible, so the only obvious way to my thinking is to pry off the black plastic compass
surround and hopefully find some screws or bolts under there? The compass surround is old and will likely crack in the process, but that's OK as the compass is at end of life. Also, there is a stainless steel
and brass stub on the side of the pedestal (see pic). Is that the wheel
brake do you think? I tried to turn the stub with some vise grips, but it was solid, so I'm not sure if it's meant to turn or not. In other pictures, I see a lever or a knob there, so maybe mine is just missing? Perhaps the stiffness is caused by the brake clutch
, but I'm really just guessing until I can access the pedestal.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.