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Draftmanswife posted 01-20-2002 04:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for Draftmanswife   Send Email to Draftmanswife  
Hello to all:)...Today, a beautiful 78 degree day, Honey?>>> "let's go for a boat ride, and while we're at it, you can read the paper, and I'll fish alittle for some specks."
Load up!.. out to the river we go, 6 pk. and a bucket of chicken. A brides dream.:)Launch.
Fire up fine...hubby pulls the trailer to the parking spot.."Honey, bring back the trailer to me", I said.

My poor ole 1973, 13' finally broke a steering cable. Shot the day to hell. Well, kind a ,. we still had the 6pk, and the chicken. So out to Uncle Carl's to fish off the dock and watch the sun go down. (fish too:):)

Question though...should I finally go to telflex or keep the boat origonal by replacing the steering cable(s)? Whar'cha'll think?

JohnAz posted 01-20-2002 05:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
I love my teleflex,,,and it keeps the sides and rear less cluttered than Aircraft cables
EasyE posted 01-20-2002 08:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for EasyE  Send Email to EasyE     
Go Hydralic and dount look back...heh heh-EasyE
Draftmanswife posted 01-21-2002 11:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Thanks guys. After careful consideration, I'm going telflex. Take care, Janis
familyg21 posted 01-21-2002 02:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for familyg21  Send Email to familyg21     
yes do it best thing i have done to my will not have any of these problems..and plus it is user freindly as well
good luck
Draftmanswife posted 01-21-2002 04:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
I also forgot to mention, this was a saftey issue for me as well. I sure am glad that it broke at the ramp, not flying down the river at 30mph. The St. John's River isn't too forgiving. Also I have a 15 yr old son, who is ready to be turned loose with his friends for a day on the river, and lord if something happened to them...
Fitz posted 01-21-2002 11:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fitz  Send Email to Fitz     
I experienced a steering cable snap at WOT. I really don't know how I lived through it, but having done so I'd highly recommend that you replace your cable steering with a Teleflex system.

I was 15 years old at the time. My boat was a 16 foot Dixie with a 70HP Evinrude. Fortunately I was alone and it happened when I was heading through a relatively narrow passage of New Jersey marshes at low tide.

I was sitting in my usual position on the top of the seat back with one hand on the wheel and the other on the throttle. Without any warning, the boat suddenly whipped almost straight up and to the right. The throttle broke off in my hand, but as I was falling backward into the water I somehow had the presence of mind to let go of the steering wheel instead of pulling the boat entirely over on top of me.

Everything thereafter seemed to happen in slow motion. As I slipped over the transom I watched the engine do a complete circle around my head. It was a very sunny day, and the view of that spinning propeller is forever etched in my mind. I just let myself sink as quickly as possible while trying to figure out which direction I could try to go to get away.

When I finally came up for air I found that I was whole and that the boat had run up onto nearby marshes. After a minute or two the engine choked in the mud. To make a long story short, I eventually swam over, got a passing boat to tow me off the marshes, restarted, and ended up steering home by sitting on the engine and turning it with my body.

Needless to say, my father immediately had the cable system replaced with Teleflex. I wouldn't wait for your next snap to make the same decision. Best wishes.

JohnAz posted 01-21-2002 11:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
Not a Whaler, but an Evinrude Sweet 16 similar shape, while out riding, alone, as a youth 18 or so sitting on the gunwel I was thrown over board by a wake of another boat, so there i sit in the water with my boat and 3+hours of fuel running around in circles at about 20+ mph,,,after a few circles i saw the boat making constant circles and moving away at about 9ft per turn,,so like a good kid i swam into the center of the loop , waited my turn and grabbed the inside gunnel, and swung my self up as a navy seal would do,,,,,God watches Fools and Kids
browning20ga posted 01-22-2002 12:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for browning20ga  Send Email to browning20ga     
Sounds like good advertisement for a deadmans switch (and teleflex). Boating is so much fun, it's easy to ignore safty practices.
KeysWhale posted 01-22-2002 10:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for KeysWhale    
Watched my high school principle on "sea trials" after he replaced the cable. He ran the cable backward. Turn port, go starboard. Full throttle. Thank god it was a wide open area, and no one around. It was real funny, but scary.
Draftmanswife posted 01-24-2002 10:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
I always tried to keep an extra eye on this system, not only because I wanted to keep the boat origonal, but from well known safety issues. Since I can't have that origonal anymore, maybe I will change a few more things. ie..I like to take out the front bench of my 13' when fishing, shrimping, etc. When having fishin gear and coolers for a couple girls on a sunday afternoon of fishin, we have much more room to move about. Other than that, if I'm going to cruise,I'll take the 21' outrage.

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