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Magnum posted 04-30-2002 06:45 PM ET (US)   Profile for Magnum   Send Email to Magnum  
What was the common diameter and pitch of steering wheels on classic 16' & 17' Whalers? I am looking to install a SS Destroyer wheel, but I'm not sure of a good size or the right pitch. It's for a '73 "Tashmoo" with a leaning post installed if that helps any on suggestions.
lhg posted 05-01-2002 06:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
They were made by Grant, 6 spoke, in 16" diameter, with 25 degree dish. These were top of the line quality. Not sure they're still available. Now Whaler seems to be using 15" diameter, 5 spoke, by Schmitt.
This is a less expensive wheel, but would work fine for you. See Shoreway marine catalog for lowest pricing on one of these.
Tom W Clark posted 05-01-2002 06:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
I concur. For more information see:
dangc78 posted 05-01-2002 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for dangc78  Send Email to dangc78     
Check ebay...I found a 15 3/4 inch stainless steel steering wheel with the six spokes just like the stock whaler and i got it for under thirty bucks, a real bargain if you know the price of new ones.
Magnum posted 05-02-2002 12:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Magnum  Send Email to Magnum     
Thanks guys... After calling around local distributors in Texas, I got the idea that "Grant Marine" wheels are not so easy to come by. I called to speak with a rep from "Grant" and he gave me the name of two companies that carry their products. Rex Marine and Fox Marine in CA... I called both to get pricing and Fox turned out to be a wholesaler. I was able to pick up a 15"-25 degree pitch SS 6 spoke Destroyer for $79.89 shipped to my door. The rep told me that the west coast would be the best place to find their marine products and I guess it was.
Kolbert posted 05-02-2002 01:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kolbert  Send Email to Kolbert     
Surplus Unlimited has a 15 1/2", 25 deg, 5 spoke Destroyer wheel for $35. I don't know anything about this company but am considering this for my console redo.
Kolbert posted 05-02-2002 01:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kolbert  Send Email to Kolbert
Hobie1981 posted 05-02-2002 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hobie1981  Send Email to Hobie1981     
Hi All: UPS just dropped off my Grant 6 spoke (Destroyer) 15" steering wheel. It has the 25 degree offset. I mounted it on my '69 Nauset which I'm rebuilding. The wheel is awesome..I've been out to the garage 3 times to admire it.

I looked at the various 5 spoke wheels, but the 6 spoke just looked better to me. The Grant has a very solid feel to it, the 5 spoke wheels which I had been looking at the last month or so, seemed kinda cheap. Of course they were $35 or so.

I ordered thru Rex Marine in CA. $53.99 plus shipping ($9.18 to NH). Rex phone # is 909 392-7300.

Whatever you won't be disappointed.


When's it gonna stop rainin ?????

Magnum posted 05-03-2002 11:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Magnum  Send Email to Magnum     
Hobie1981, I'm shocked that you got it at that price. They retail at Rex for $86.00 w/o shipping. E-mail me if you can so we can discuss the further.
andygere posted 05-03-2002 12:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
My '79 Montauk has a 5 spoke destroyer wheel, and I've seen a few others of similar vintage with 5 spokers. Is mine aftermarket, or did Whaler use 5 spoke wheels on some models or years? Here's a photo of my wheel from Chuck's website:
Taylor posted 05-06-2002 05:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Andy, I counted my spokes this weekend (I did some other things too :) and my 1988 has 6 spokes. Tom Clark posted a link to a picture of his 1980 a while ago, it had a five spoke wheel.
Outrage18 posted 05-06-2002 09:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Outrage18  Send Email to Outrage18     
What about the cap?
I am missing my center cap for my steering wheel. Does any one know where i can get one?
I think the hole is 2 1/2 inches.
The ones they sell at West marine are to small.


Montana posted 05-07-2002 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Montana  Send Email to Montana     
I called Rex Marine in California today to order that 15 SS wheel for $54 and he couldnt find it listed. I ended up ordering a 15 six spoke SS Destroyer wheel Part # 1525 RB but it was $88.50 with shipping. I wish he could have found that 15 SS for $54 but Im sure Im getting a good wheel anyway.


lhg posted 05-08-2002 02:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
In looking at my catalogs, it appears that BW first started using SS wheels throughout the line in 1977, and they appear to be 5 spoke wheels, including the V series Outrages.

Sometime around 1985, maybe a little before (I'm missing catalogs 82-84), they switched to the Grant 6 spoke wheels. My '86 accessory catalog shows the 6 spokes on a Montauk, and my 1986 18 Outrage came with a 6 spoke, as did my 1989 25 Outrage.

My Grant wheels measure 16" in diameter, and are first class. This size doesn't seem to made anymore. There is something nicer about the 6 spokes in my opinion, guess that's why they cost more.

lhg posted 05-08-2002 02:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
For reference, there is a close up picture of Whaler's standard issue Grant 6 spoke wheel on page 2 of Cetacea.
Montana posted 05-08-2002 09:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Montana  Send Email to Montana     
I agree with lhg. I like the look of the six spoke better then the five and I wanted to make sure it was SS and not polished aluminum. That's why I went ahead and paid more for the 15" even though it's not the original size.
Whalerdan posted 05-09-2002 07:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
How are you guys "Destroying" your original wheel? Those things seem bullet proof and I can't understand why you'd need a new one.
Montana posted 05-09-2002 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Montana  Send Email to Montana     
Whalerdan, That's a good question. One that I will pass on to the boats original owner, my father-in-law.

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