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jimh posted 06-24-2000 01:09 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
Buried in another thread was some conversation about the 1976 vintage Boston Whaler use of ugly black steering wheels.

This, coupled with a USENET thread about 'how to remove a steery wheel", got me curious about my ugly, black, 1976 vintage steering wheel.

I went out in the garage--where the Sport 15 lives safe from rain, snow, and Ultra-violet--and tried to remove the steering wheel.

Unscrewing one bolt let me remove the wheel. I discovered that this design of wheel does not use the quasi-standard tapered keyed shaft. Instead, the wheel contained a geared protrusion which fit into a geared insert on the dash-mounted mechanism.

I don't think people make 3rd-party replacement wheels for this. It looks like if I want to change over to a six-spoke destroyer wheel I will have to completely replace the steering mechanism.

Anyone else ever encounter this?


Bruce Boehle posted 06-24-2000 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bruce Boehle  Send Email to Bruce Boehle     
I've not seen a setup like that. Both my Whalers had the tapered shaft. By the way, if anyone needs one of those black plastic ugly steering wheels I have one off a 72 Nauset available. Bruce
triblet posted 06-24-2000 10:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
If you boat where it's at all cold, keep
the ugly black plastic. My Montauk has
a destroyer wheel, my hands get cold from
the wheel, and I'm in sunny California
(well, Monterey isn't so sunny, the sun
came out during the second dive today,
about 12:30).

Chuck Tribolet

jeffjatich posted 08-01-2000 03:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffjatich  Send Email to jeffjatich     

look real close at the remaining hub that is still connected to the shaft. If I'm not mistaken that hub is secured to the tapered shaft via the taper. with some force it should ease off. the tapers are standard. if I can be of any assistance let me know.

tbyrne posted 08-02-2000 03:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbyrne    
I'll second the reply that advised you to think twice against ditching the admittedly ugly black wheel for the snappy-looking SS wheel. Not only is the SS cold in marginal weather, but it will beat up your hands if you are running long distances in rough water (especially where the spokes meet the rim). I ran my former boat, an 18' Outrage from New London, CT to Montauk, NY (60 mi. RT) and back a few days last fall and fighting the torque steer and the pounding really gave my hands a workout.
whalernut posted 08-02-2000 09:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Jim, I am not sure of the brand, but you can get a stainless steel steering wheel with a rubber coating. That is what I will get eventually for my Currituck. I like the fact that it will not be as hot or cold or as slippery when driving the boat. Some people don`t like the look with the rubber covering the stainless steel, but it is very utilitarian and still stainless steel. By the way, you still see a few inches of stainless steel of the spokes and the hub. Good luck-Jack Graner.

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