Yup, I remember when cruising with Vin Tin and Merky-they circled around to,help-had figured the steering ram hardware and vibrated apart-put it back together and tightened down the big hex nut..nut behind the wheel...me...was loose but attempting tightening that one was of no use-stripped threads...
DrChip wrote: One particular item to check is the steering cables (bitter) end; make sure they are through BOLTED to the stern and not just fastened to the wood by screws-transom wood gets wet, wood gets soft, screws pull out=no steering-ask Vin Tin about this...
That reminds me of the time you lost steering in your large fiberglass stern drive boat!
My first Vagabond was poorly rigged and a pulley came loose resulting in a loss of steering. It was an eye screw that holds one of the pulleys.
Luckily I was at idle speed or it could have been bad. Even idling along the steering went hard to the starboard side as far as it could go, instantly.
One particular item to check is the steering cables (bitter) end; make sure they are through BOLTED to the stern and not just fastened to the wood by screws-transom wood gets wet, wood gets soft, screws pull out=no steering-ask Vin Tin about this...
There was a boat accident near Blues Springs Marina not far from Arrowhead this weekend that resulted in a fatality.
A cuddy cabin cruiser ran aground at speed near the entrance to the cove, as yet no report on what caused the accident.
This is a good time to remind everyone to do a through safety check of their vessels, steering cables and pulleys and steering wheels especially but all controls and all gas lines and tanks should get a good going over and any issues addressed.
We quite often run in large close groups and what can be a minor repair before a ride can be a major catastrophe on the water.
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