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    Posted: October-11-2007 at 8:09pm
I have a 1995 Ski Nautique and the boat steers really hard. Has anyone replaced their own steering cable and do you have any tips or suggestions on how to do it? Also, I was told to replace the head end while I was at it? i.e. Buy the steering kit not just the cable.

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I don't know if yours is the same as the cable in my 1977 mustang but mine was very easy to do.
If you call Southeast correct craft and ask for woody(although I talked to someone else and had no problem) he will be able to get you the right one. Skidim sells them a little cheaper and I'm sure they know what you need also.Don't forget the CCFan discount.
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Thanks Farmer. I also hope to speak to someone out there that has replaced the steering cable on their own 95 Ski Nautique. I will call Woody and appreciate the heads up on CCFan discount. I had no idea. Rookies!

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I got mine at White Lake Marine.

Here you go:

Steering cable at White lake click here

$169.00
Use coupon code "PND" for a 10% discount. (thanks Planet Nautique)


Tip- tie a rope or clotheslinemto the end of the old steering cable (probably the end at the helm...) then, when you get the new one you can tie the rope to it and pull it through. Also good to have a buddy to help.

Whatever you do make sure you get the right cable!! don't try to cut corners with a generic, the CC cable are an odd size and you need the exact right length or you will have big problems.

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BTW
I don't see any reason to replace the head end. if yours is the same as mine, it is a rack and pinion system and is all part of the cable. the helm end is just a wheel with teeth. you may want to make sure everything is tight though.

someone else can probably offer more/better input.

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Originally posted by Randy_in_Ohio Randy_in_Ohio wrote:

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I don't see any reason to replace the head end. if yours is the same as mine, it is a rack and pinion system and is all part of the cable. the helm end is just a wheel with teeth. you may want to make sure everything is tight though.

someone else can probably offer more/better input.

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Thanks Randy any input I receive is helpful. This is my first inboard. I just bought it in OH.

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Originally posted by Randy_in_Ohio Randy_in_Ohio wrote:

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I don't see any reason to replace the head end. if yours is the same as mine, it is a rack and pinion system and is all part of the cable. the helm end is just a wheel with teeth. you may want to make sure everything is tight though.

someone else can probably offer more/better input.

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Originally posted by Randy_in_Ohio Randy_in_Ohio wrote:

I got mine at White Lake Marine.

Here you go:

Steering cable at White lake click here

$169.00
Use coupon code "PND" for a 10% discount. (thanks Planet Nautique)


Tip- tie a rope or clotheslinemto the end of the old steering cable (probably the end at the helm...) then, when you get the new one you can tie the rope to it and pull it through. Also good to have a buddy to help.

Whatever you do make sure you get the right cable!! don't try to cut corners with a generic, the CC cable are an odd size and you need the exact right length or you will have big problems.

Welcome to the site!

This is the way to go- get the cable from White Lake. SkiDIM does not sell cables for Correct Crafts. CC uses oddball length increments and longer throws. Stick to a genuine cable.
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I will definitely use a OEM CC cable and will have a second set of hands available. I am to remove the old cable from the helm, attach the new cable to old cable and pull it back. Anything else that comes to mind would be great. Sorry about the quotes, I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing.

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Originally posted by aokcaldwell aokcaldwell wrote:

I am to remove the old cable from the helm, attach the new cable to old cable and pull it back.

While this may work, you may find it easier to tie a rope to the old cable like Randy mentioned. Trying to remove the old cable and pull the new one through in one shot may prove difficult.
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I wouldn't tie the old cable to the new. I would tie a piece of rope to the old cable, and pull the cable out. Then tie the rope to the new cable and use it to pull the new cable through in the opposite direction.

You will need to remove the back seat to get access to the cable where it attaches to your rudder. You may possibly need to remove the gas tank as well. I'm not familiar with your particular boat. BKH
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You will need to remove the back seat to get access to the cable where it attaches to your rudder. You may possibly need to remove the gas tank as well.

Correct- he'll have to pull the rear seat. He wont have to take out the gas tank.
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Thanks Poobah,

Glad the tank is empty!

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TRBenj. the cables sure look like mine in ski dim cat.my bad, but like I said mine came from CC. Also, my cable came with a nut that screwed onto the helm and the cable then snapped into the nut. The cable fed through the bilge and up the pvc tube easily without the nut in there to get hung up on things. Just tape the plastic tube (that comes on the exposed inner cable )to the outer part and it works out good.


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You will have to remove the back seat but you shouldn't have to remove the gas tank. the rope insures that you get it routed the right way, if it is not routed the right way it may cause the through to be off, and the rope make it easier to pull the cable through.

I pulled my old cable out with the rope attached and then left the rope in while I waited on delivery of the new cable. When the new cable arrived i was able to simply tie the rope to the new cable and pull it through while my buddy helped guide it. took less than an hour and pretty simple.

Oh yea, once you get your new cable in, don't forget to go out and turn the wheel back and forth a couple time during layup to help prevent it from freezing up.
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Thanks. I am going to order the cable next week and remove the old one once the new one comes in. I assume there is no trick to attach it at the helm and the rudder.

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No tricks, pretty easy job. Just make sure to take care that everything is good and tight and installed correctly.

I had some loose screws at the helm also, so you may want to check that everything is tight up there also...

If your steering isn't right it could be a major safety issue!! so, take your time and double check to make sure everything is done right.
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95's are notorious for stiff steering, I put a zerk fitting on the rudderbox and its worked much better with a little grease.
I'd rather have a drink on the rocks in the boat than have a boat on the rocks in the drink. Been there, done that, no bueno.
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When I try to remove the large threaded bolt on the old cable at the stern the housing just spins inside the clamp. Is it clockwise or counterclockwise? Can I use visegrips?

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Lefty loosey....Righty tighty
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Thought it might have been reverse thread. Thanks. Used channel locks. Found that CC stripped the housing the cable fits into and secures at the stern;starboard side. I'll call Woody and get a new one. Other than that no problems. This is a do it your selfer. The dealers around here (Northern IN) get about $575 to $625 installed!

While the center floor is out, is there any maintenance to the rudder?

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Originally posted by aokcaldwell aokcaldwell wrote:

While the center floor is out, is there any maintenance to the rudder?

Might be a good opportunity to change the packing while youre in there. Not sure of the size used in '95- might want to call Woody on that one. My '90 took 5/16" for both driveshaft and rudder.
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Thanks, I'll look at it while it's apart!

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Channel Locks would be my tool of choice.


Channel Locks: Or depending on how old you are and what part of the country you live in, you may call them "water pump pliers"!! Right Doc!!


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Did not want to "throw him a curve" with the phrase "WATER PUMP PLIERS"
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For anyone who hasn't made a donation to the site, I think the Boat Dr. has a nice solution for those cumbersome pliers!

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Originally posted by BuffaloBFN BuffaloBFN wrote:

For anyone who hasn't made a donation to the site, I think the Boat Dr. has a nice solution for those cumbersome pliers!

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Just to clarify, the Doc's wrenches are for the packing nuts, not the steering cable nuts.
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