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Steering Problem

Our new-to-us Beneteau 331 has Whitlock Constellation steering with the lock on the hub. Steering was easy during our initial 20 mile trip to our marina. But yesterday when we went out sailing for the first time, the steering felt like the brake was on, even when it was all the way off. I also noticed that tightening the brake hub had no effect--couldn't lock the steering-- and the resistance remained the same.

So, I've opened up the pedestal expecting to see some kind of jammed up brake, but can't even locate the braking mechanism! Does anyone know how this thing works? All I see are bearings at the front and back of the pedestal, shaft going through, and a sprocket for the chain in the middle.

BTW, I have the pathetic "manual" that Whitlock put out with their comical break out diagram with letters and numbers but no part names. A cruel joke, that.

Tom K

2000 Beneteau 331
Northern Chesapeake Bay

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