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megawhaler posted 04-11-2007 03:57 PM ET (US)   Profile for megawhaler   Send Email to megawhaler  
In the coming weeks I'll be helping an old friend of mine replace his steering cable on a 2000 Dauntless 16 with a 115-HP Mercury. I haven't seen the boat in a while and my buddy insists that the only way to remove the cable from the tilt-tube is to unbolt the motor from the transom because of the angle at which the cable comes out of the tunnel.

I have this same problem with my classic Sport 15. I just can't believe Boston Whaler is still putting customers thru this.

Can someone confirm that the motor has to be unbolted? I wouldn't be so concerned if it were a 25-HP or 50-HP, but it is a fat 115-HP six cylinder. The job is almost three hours away so I need to plan ahead. Any help would be appreciated.


Marlin posted 04-13-2007 10:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
I'm not sure what would be so difficult about removing the steering cable. There's not much room between the engine and the transom port where the cable exits into the splashwell, but there's some wiggle room under the rear starboard seat to move the cable around. jpg shows a not-very-good view of the cable rigging, but it's the best one I could find.


megawhaler posted 04-13-2007 11:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for megawhaler  Send Email to megawhaler     
Thats what I keep telling him. But he's insisted since last summer he cant get it out without unbolting the motor. I think he's nuts--he does likes Miller Lite a bit too much--but neither of us have easy access to his boat right now. I'm gonna take a ride to a dealer in the morning to see if I can find a 16-footer. Thanks for the Photo.
contender posted 04-14-2007 12:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
I had this problem on a boat one time, can not remember what kind of boat it was but we had to unbolt the motor to move it over so you could slide the steering tube all the way out and in. I would make sure you have the steering turn all the way in to make the arm/pistion shorter, maybe the problem is that he is unable to make the tight turn to put the steering rod in the tube, hence the motor would have to be moved over. Good luck
megawhaler posted 04-14-2007 10:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for megawhaler  Send Email to megawhaler     
I'm wondering if the hole is offset from the tilt tube, just enough that the cable won't bend as you are sliding it out. I don't so much mean the cable as much as the solid rod at the end. As the cable itself can be persuaded slightly if need be.
jimh posted 04-15-2007 10:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I believe that in model-year-2000 the dealer was still rigging the boat with a motor. Perhaps the dealer who rigged the boat could offer some advice.

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