- Aug 14, 2016
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- Clayton California
Oh, the marina knew about the systems. One of them raced vintage boats, and he did the inspections. But guys who race their boats must have them inspected regularly, and they tend to be knowledgeable take good care of their stuff, like you do, no doubt. But regular people use their boats when they can, and typically only check or fix stuff if it acts up.Your marina would not touch it because they probably have no clue about it.
I currently run both styles in my boats. My older boats (like yours) run cable. I run it up to and including my 1960 Glaspar G3 with a 1960 Evinrude 75hp V4. Plenty reliable enough for twin set-ups as well.
These cable systems when set up properly and the pulleys are nice and free are super nice steering systems with zero slack and very easy to turn.
As far as reliability? these systems are still current systems in a lot of single engine APBA racing. Pretty much bulletproof with occasional maintenance. About the time the clear covering over the cables makes it time for replacement cables is when I go in and check the pulleys, etc.
The shrouded pulleys eliminate the possibility of jumping by the way. Anyone who has done these systems should know that.
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Yes, it was rope many many moons back. As a kid I remember well replacing frayed rope and get into the new fancy vinyl coated cable. Just bare cable was used for a short while, but it ate up the pulleys and frayed into pointy sharp ends causing more problems.I’ve been looking for shrouded pulleys like Pappy mentioned earlier and in many cases, the pulleys are called “tiller rope pulleys”. Makes me wonder if they used rope before cable became the norm.
Thanks Jeff. That’s a cool looking boat - I’ve always been interested in jet boats. What engine were you running ?
You can purchase pulleys here Garage Door Extension Spring HardwareA quick search reveals that 3” garage door pulleys may be a good substitute. Metal with bearings rather than plastic with bushings. Also removable forks (probably not these ones) may allow me to use the original hull anchors without having to drill out the rivets. They also allow better maintenance practices, allowing the pulleys to be removed, cleaned and lubed easily. Looking for some made in the USA - not so easy.