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    Posted: July-20-2022 at 1:37pm
Hi everyone !  I haven't posted in a long while but today is the day Smile

I have a 1997 19-6 with closed bow with 140 hrs.  Yup, only 140 !!  Anyway, the boat is seeing more use and mostly take her out for Saturday inner harbor cruising.  On one fine Saturday I failed to tighten the pickup hose at the through-hull fitting and nearly sank the boat.  I tried to flush everything out with fresh water and all looks well except for really stiff steering.  The steering will loosen up slightly after cruising for the day but nothing like it was prior to taking on water.  

So, is there a way I can lube up the steering cable or should I just replace it ?  And, there's some play in the rack.., is this adjustable ? 

Thx in advance. 

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Typically, cables are not designed to be lubed by the end user.  Your likely remedy is to replace the cable.  Do your homework and search this site for “steering cable replacement” (or similar search phrases) and you will be reading for hours.  Also look at the helm end (steering wheel) and the rudder end to ensure you have proper function of each.  

If you do change out the cable, attach a rope to one end so that as you pull the old cable out, the “guide rope” will allow for easy insertion of the new cable.  If you don’t, getting the cable into the proper position and openings will be a b!tch.  

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Thx Jonny !   Appreciate the help. 

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Since your boat is so new, only 140 hours, Wow, I thought mine was really young but I am over 200 hrs now.  Ok back to your boat, the cable may be shot but before changing I would remove it from the rudder and verify that your rudder is operating smoothly.   At 100 hours I pulled my rudder and installed new rope seal and greased it, added a grease zerk at the same time.  It has been very smooth since.  I hope you get off easy also.
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Phil

If you decide that you're changing your cable, you need to keep in mind that you have a rack type cable as opposed to the earlier rotary type cable.

If you follow the directions for pulling a rotary cable out, you'll be doing some cussin' and you won't be too happy so make sure you're reading about pulling a rack type cable out and installing a new one.

The rack type you pull from the front of the boat with a rope tied/taped to the back then when it's out you hook the rope to the back of the new cable and pull from the back of the boat.

It's just the opposite of what you do with a rotary cable.

Here's a link to a thread on changing a rack type cable


Plenty more threads if you search for "rack type steering cable replacement"

His was a Sport Nautique so you may find some small differences, but it tells you how to do the job.

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How did you add a Grease Zerk to the rudder housing?

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If you are taking the rudder apart to install new rope seals, it can be dropped down to remove it from the rudder box.   Once it is out of the way you can drill and tap a hole and install a grease zerk.  The factory did not have this so they did not think it was necessary.   To be honest, I installed my zerk in 2014 or 2015 and have not greased it since with only 100 hours since then.  Steering is still good and smooth.  It is just so hard to get down there to do this job.  Back seat bottom has to come all the way out.  If you are there and doing the job to free up your rudder it can be done and maybe save you some time later if it gets stiff again you can use the new zerk.
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