Re: [Amel] Rudder cables

Serge Tremblay <laetitiaii@...>

If you are adjusting a large play in the steering cables, it is wise to pull out the cables. check their state, give them a good lubrication if they are not damaged and re-install.
As for the Neco autopilot, if there is any sea... the boat will sway a lot, unlike the almost straight course steered when you use a more modern electric pilot.
The previous owner of my boat had to complete the arrival in the Med from the Açores with the jury rudder arm. It works, but its not simple...
Serge Opera, Mango #51

--- En date de : Jeu, 4.10.12, Graham Johnston <grahamjohnston42@...> a écrit :

De : Graham Johnston <grahamjohnston42@...>
Objet : Re: [Amel] Rudder cables
À : "amelyachtowners@..." <amelyachtowners@...>
Date: jeudi 4 octobre 2012 02 h 54


Hi Dave,
We had similar play in our system when we bought Zephyr. The cables are just standard Teleflex type steering cables, in our case Ultraflex M53 19ft F53, and are easily adjusted. At the rudder end of each cable you will find that the cable is mounted in the bulkhead with a circular threaded flange. Simply use a pair of pipe grips to rotate the tubular metal end fitting and adjust both cables equally to remove most of the play. If you go too far the steering with become stiff. We have less than an inch play and the steeering is smooth and free.
I hope that I have explained this well enough if not let me know and I will send some photos.

From: spritoaffine <captaingrey@...>
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 21:01
Subject: [Amel] Rudder cables


Hello All
I have been reading old posts with regard to rudder cables hoping to find some information on the adjustment process. I have about 4 or 5 inches of free movement at the wheel rim before the rudder moves and this seems to me to be excessive

The Neco autopilot which I'm sure does not have the most sophisticated electronics by today's standards is easily confused by anything other than a smooth sea state and I wonder whether the aforementioned play is a contributory factor. Your thoughts please

I was happy to read in the posts of the system being able to work on one cable, let's hope it's never needed

David Worthington
Sharki148 Spirito Affine
Preveza Greece

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