Re: Important Update Re: No steering parts, rack & pinion, cables, from Amel
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James , That seems like a good idea , I will begin to fix it off center.
I was wondering if the rack could be rehabbed ,is the rack cast metal or could metal be welded and teeth fashioned .
From: James Alton via Groups.Io <lokiyawl2@...>
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Sent: Wed, Nov 13, 2019 4:51 pm
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Important Update Re: No steering parts, rack & pinion, cables, from Amel
That is interesting speculation about the smoothness of an autopilot affecting the life expectancy of the steering rack and makes sense to me. I have also been concerned about the possible wear due to wind and wave while the boat is not underway. I have started turning the wheel at least some off center before tying off the wheel so that the center wheel position on the rack is not being used sine this seems to be where the rack fails most often. I have found that turning the wheel fully to the stops and securing seems to remove essentially all of the movement in the steering system. Do you or others have an opinion on what is the best course of action when securing the wheel at anchor or dockside to create the least amount of wear?