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Russell35442 posted 03-31-2001 03:17 PM ET (US)   Profile for Russell35442   Send Email to Russell35442  
I own a 1970 model (hull #2A2598) 13 foot standard whaler. I love the boat and want to keep it well maintained. I have noticed lately that the gelcoat is starting to "bubble" in places. Is there any way to correct the problem and keep this from happening in the future? Also, it is time to put a new motor on this old lady. Any suggestions on what the best choice would be? The boat has a 15" transom and still has the cable and pulley steering system? Do I need to get rid of the old cable and pulley system ? Thank you in advance for your ideas and info. John
CIELO3428 posted 04-01-2001 06:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for CIELO3428  Send Email to CIELO3428     
IF GELCOAT BUBBLES LOCALIZED AND NOT "SQUISHY" SAND AND APPLY PIGMENTED
GELCOAT TO MATCH BY FOAM BRUSH KEEP THE
STEERING CABLES REPOWER WITH 25 OR 30 HP
SHORT SHAFT NISSAN TOHATSU OR JOHNSON
ALL APROX 115 LBS MANUAL START IF POSSIBLE
(KISS) LIGHT WEIGHT VERY IMPORTANT MOUNT
FUEL FORWARD BENEATH FORWARD BENCH SUGGEST
PACE OR TEMPO 12 GAL. 11 OR 12 INCH PITCH PROP DEPENDING ON WEIGHT YOU WILL LOVE THIS
COMBO. ENJOY
Russell35442 posted 04-01-2001 08:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Russell35442  Send Email to Russell35442     
Your advice is appreciated. Thank you. John
Dick posted 04-01-2001 08:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Get rid of the cable & pulley steering.
It is not safe and that is the reason it is no longer available
It may be a bit of a hassle to convert to new steering but it will be well worth it.
Not only the safety factor but the increased ease of steering.
Dick
lhg posted 04-01-2001 09:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Go back thru the Forum threads. You'll find tons of info on your subject! But Dick is right. Get rid of the old steering. It's the best $150 you can spend.
dhormann posted 05-06-2001 03:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for dhormann  Send Email to dhormann     
I just installed a 91 40 HP Merc on my 1970 13' Sport. Still has cable steering and steers and handles like a dream. The dealer who mounted my motor talked to me about changing the system. I said I'd try it with the cables then decide. After doing so, I can't see any reason to change.
Dick E posted 05-06-2001 07:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick E  Send Email to Dick E     
Your cables/pulley system are old ,unsafe and can break.
If your going 30 mph when it breaks your outboard will immediately turn to one side flipping you and your passenger out of the boat.

Two years ago an man, his wife and child were boating on Lake Wylie in SC. All wearing life jackets his cable steering broke throwing all out of the boat. The boat made a circle, came back and ran over his wife KILLING HER. The father and son WATCHED it happen.

Replace those cables with tilt tube steering and if you do not have a deadman's switch on your boat I would get one and use it.
This was a tragic accident.

If that not enough reason I don't know what is!
Dick E

CarlRobert posted 05-06-2001 07:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for CarlRobert    
I'm in the process of re-powering my '62 13', and still have the cable-pulley steering. I'm upgrading to NFB teleflex. My local Merc dealer says he is forbidden from hooking up the cable/pulleys to the new motor, but said I could do it myself if I wanted. I'll go with the safer system...

CarlR

OutrageMan posted 05-06-2001 07:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
I can't imagine why anyone would keep a cable/pulley system on their boat. It is VERY dangerous, and has resulted in deaths. This is when it was new! I can't think of the increased ammount of danger after many years of service!

Buy a new system.

Tom W Clark posted 05-06-2001 09:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
OutrageMan, your assertion is simply not true. Cable and pulley steering is just fine. This has been debated quite a bit elsewhere in this forum. I think the main reason not to replace it is that it ia already there and it works. If you want to replace it that's fine, but there is no compelling reason you should.
whalernut posted 05-07-2001 06:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Keep the Cable and Pulley system, just buy all new components. I loved mine on my 71` `13 Sport and wouldn`t have changed a thing, acctually I bought all new Pulleys, cable, etc. Steered like a dream and looked oh so Classic! Regards-Jack Graner.
John Fitzgerald posted 05-17-2001 05:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for John Fitzgerald  Send Email to John Fitzgerald     
I bought a 1970 13 sport with a 4o hp Johnson last summer equipped with original pulley system. Heard all of the above stuff and thought "if it ain't broke..." Then a stern pulley failed at full throttle. The engine flipped hard to one side and if I wasn't holding the throttle I would have been overboard. Dealer (Rhode Island) said by law he couldn't work on boats with pulley & cable with engines greater than 40. Am in the process of switching to Teleflex. I believe in freedom of choice but you ought to have facts as well as opinion to support that choice.
Tsuriki BW posted 05-17-2001 06:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Had work done on my Dad's older boat engine. Dealer had to pull it off the boat. Dealer fixed the engine, but refused to reconnect the pully cable. Said I had to do it myself. Is there a lesson here?

Tsuriki

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