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whalebone posted 04-23-2002 10:38 AM ET (US)   Profile for whalebone   Send Email to whalebone  
I have seen these in the boating store for lubricating steering arm. Does anyone have any thoughts pros or cons. Thanks
Soho posted 04-23-2002 10:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     

There are two options here, one that fits on the cable entry end to the engine - starboard side ( Cable Buddy ? ) and one that fits on the exit ( Steersman ? ) , port side. I think that both are highly recommended for keeping the internal part of the cable lubed up as well as the steering tube on the engine. I am currently getting ready to drop my boat back in after a complete refit and I have both installed.


lhg posted 04-23-2002 11:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I use the SS Steersman, on the "exit" side, and no one should be without one of these, either with mechanical or side mount cylinder hydraulic. If properly maintained, and with grease inserted, they completely eliminate tilt tube internal corrosion and binding. Water simply can't get in, both because of a good condition (and readily serviceable) "O" ring gasket, and the grease "plug" under the nut.

The OEM "O" ring must removed from inside the tilt tube (at least with a Mercury), since the Helmsman has it's own, with the grease zerk behind it. It replaces the factory port side tilt tube nut on most engines.

Before you install it, buy about 10 extra "O" rings at the hardware store, and replace these whenever the ram extension is showing external grease. With this system this is easy to do, unlike an "O" ring inside the tilt tube requiring removal of the whole steering mechanism. Just remove the nut, unbolt the link arm at the end, slide off nut and change "O" ring.

simonmeridew posted 04-28-2002 10:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
Where can you get a "Steersman"? Would they work with 1999 OMC?
I have trouble picturing it, any pics online?
triblet posted 04-29-2002 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
West Marine has the Steersman. and do a
search on Steersman. The 7/8 SS has a photo,
the 1" SS has a drawing, which needs to be
rotated 90 degrees CW. About $30 and worth it.


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