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Montauk control & steering cable length
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posted 03-17-2002 04:38 PM ET (US)
I'm planning to replace the control cables and steering gear in my 72 Katema. If anyone knows the lengths I need it would save me the trouble of unwrapping her winter cover. Thanks!
posted 03-18-2002 12:24 AM ET (US)
At last, a question I might have a clue about! I'm in the process of replacing my Newport console with a Montauk console. After asking the same question to whaler and another board, I was told by whaler the Montauks are equipped with 17' steering cables, on another board, the recommendation was 18', saying it'll make the curves less severe...I think either one would be OK. As for the controls, that will be 15'. If you have any other questions, just let me know.
posted 03-18-2002 10:06 AM ET (US)
My steering is 18 and controls are 17'.
posted 03-19-2002 11:00 AM ET (US)
Chip: Whaler may have used different steering cable lengths over the years, I don't know. I can tell you that the 2000 Montauks definitely have the 18 foot cable. This is corroborated by Whaler's own drawings and also by Denise in Technical Service.
posted 03-19-2002 12:16 PM ET (US)
I just replaced the steering cable in my Minot which is virtually the same boat as the Katama. I used an 18 foot cable and it gave me a nice big gentle loop under the console. I recommend the 18 foot cable because the length allows you to keep the cable out of your way as it loops around from the helm to the tunnel under that side-console.
posted 03-19-2002 11:22 PM ET (US)
My boat is setup with the side mount control and the control cables are 17 feet long.
posted 03-21-2002 10:11 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the info! Whalerron, did you encounter any problems with your installation? Anything I should know in advance?
posted 03-22-2002 12:31 AM ET (US)
Chip, it was a piece of cake to install the new steering cable....except.....I had a Johnson 70 on the boat when I installed the cable. The engine tilt tube is directly over the transom and the engine mounting bracket has 2 little tabs that hang over the inside of the transom. Because the tilt tube was directly over the transom, I had to loosen the bolts to drop the motor back so that I would be able to get the steering cable into the tilt tube. But, because of the bracket tabs, I had to remove the motor because they prevented the engine from rocking back on the bolts.
Of course, my story gets worse. I was replacing the original pulley-cable steering system with the new style push-pull system and I found out that my tilt tube was rusted beyond use. So, I had to replace the tilt tube as part of the process.
When you do the replacement, make sure you clean the tilt tube out real well and grease it well too before inserting the new cable. The new Teleflex systems come with a real nice cable wipe.
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