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GAwhale posted 01-27-2002 07:25 PM ET (US)   Profile for GAwhale   Send Email to GAwhale  
I took the Montauk out for a spin today. The lake is low. Lots of red mud. Everyone calls it Georgia Red Clay. I read in the newspaper that the soil has a high iron content and that's what makes it red.

My boat has Teleflex (No Feedback Helm SH 4910 single) steering. It dawned on me today that if I turn the steering wheel hard left the piston would be retracted during storage.

I realize that this is very nit-picky. It seems to me that if the piston is retracted, there is less chance for corrosion. Yes, it does have grease on it.

bdb posted 01-28-2002 07:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
Have always done that. During trailering too. Keeps the shaft protected from dirt.
Whalerdan posted 01-28-2002 07:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
I use to think that was a good idea but I've found that the clevis end of the shaft has a crimp. This crimp is more susceptible to rust and freezing in place. If the shaft rusts in place in the fully retracted position, good luck getting it unfrozen.
Arch Autenreith posted 01-28-2002 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
Same as bdb. I always have it in hard left.
gunnelgrabber posted 01-28-2002 08:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
yes!..and ditto. it gives you a better chance to correct the problem of sticking with only a "sharp tap from a hide mallet"!...reminds me,i better go check it right now...lm
Drisney posted 01-28-2002 04:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Drisney  Send Email to Drisney     
I retract mine but keep the "crimp" out after it got stuck one time....also the nut that fits on there with a zirc is a godsend well worth the $20 bucks keeps everything lubed! Mine has not stuck since I installed it!

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