With help from James / Sueño and Graham /Zephyr of this parish I have pinpointed the source of stiffness in my older Maramu steering.
It’s one of the push pull control cables.
I am not near the boat currently (I’m in uk and she’s in the canaries) but am keen to see if I can source a replacement before our rapidly approaching family adventures begin.
Unfortunately I do not have a part number for the troublesome cable.
Maud at Amel has kindly looked to see if they have any information on the cable.
She has had no luck but believes they were Morse made. Mine are red as can be just about seen in the photo.
Apparently the morse cables are stamped with some form of part number near their end. Probably the end near the steering quadrant.
If any fellow older Maramu owners would be kind enough to have a look and see if they can find a part number I’d be very grateful.
I’m also going to try and drip a silicon based lubricant down the cable but if I can get a spare or a replica made up I would more comfortable.
FYI apparently these guys will make up replicas of discontinued cables so worst case is I fly back from the boat with the cable in a suitcase!