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hardensheetmetal posted 04-29-2001 08:51 AM ET (US)   Profile for hardensheetmetal   Send Email to hardensheetmetal  
I was just curious about the current sterring set up on my 88 22' Revenge. It has a teleflex helm, with two cables running back to the motor. On my other boats with Teleflex type steering there has always been a single cable system. Is this two cable system some sort of prerig for twins or is it just because it is a larger motor (225 Yam)?


Tom W Clark posted 04-29-2001 09:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

This set up has nothing to do with twins. It is merely a beefed up system for larger outboards. Whaler used it one all their boats (excluding hydraulic steered ones) 18' and larger after, what, c.1980?

If properly set up, the twin cable steering system will be considerably less sloppy than a single cable system.

sorcerer posted 04-30-2001 09:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for sorcerer    
Dan if you look at your helm you will I believe notice two (dual) units in tandem, this is the Teleflex dual helm unit and it was an option for your Revenge -- the standard single helm is what was shipped unless specified dual and the cost was around $150 or so extra I think.
lhg posted 04-30-2001 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Twin mechanical steering came standard on all Whalers, 18' up to 22', sometime around 1983.

I think the intention was, as usual, to furnish Whalers with the top-of-the-line components. Twin cable was supposedly a much safer system if a V-6 engine was to be used.

BUT - if you ask me, the system was a DOG! Complicated to install with the extra bolt-on tilt tube and other hardware, hard to tension properly, and twice as much maintain, to corrode, work hard and generally give poor performance. My twin engine 18 Outrage came standard with this, the happiest day in my life was the day I got rid of it in favor of Hydraulic. I almost sold the boat I hated the steering so much. After 3 years, the rams corroded in the tilt tubes, worked extremely hard, and didn't counter twin engine propeller torque at all. I think Teleflex sold Whaler a "bill of goods" on this one. At some point in time, BW stopped using the system.

For anybody still using this system on an Outrage/Revenge, spend the $800 or so to get rid of it and you'll wonder why you waited so long to get Hydraulic!

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