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Safety First! 08 Sep 2020 11:38 #107358

That's why I installed kill switches in both of my boats.
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Safety First! 07 Sep 2020 21:33 #107339

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...

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Safety First! 07 Sep 2020 17:20 #107328

And a side note, check all your coast guard required safety equipment is up to par and not out of date.
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Safety First! 07 Sep 2020 16:07 #107324

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.
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Just getting used to the lay of this land.

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Safety First! 07 Sep 2020 15:49 #107322

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...

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Safety First! 07 Sep 2020 14:21 #107318

That is very good advice, Ray.
John

1958 Vagabond II & 35 HP Evinrude
1955 PlastiCraft 12 Ft. Delux Runabout
1957 Clipper & twin 35 HP Evinrudes
1957 AlumaCraft 14 Ft. FD

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Safety First! 07 Sep 2020 14:17 #107317

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.
Proud Owner of 1956 Vagabond, 1950 Flyer, 1956 Rocket, Co-owner 1952 Flash, 10-1/2 less than VinTin
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