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post #10 of Old 04-28-2008
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Have a good look at the cahin while you have it apart, and replace if necessary. Although mine passed a survey 2 years ago, I discovered a chain line broken on ome side, and some frayed wire. It would have certainly let go soon. It was 29 years old! I has a rigger nicopress new wires, and bought 10' of stainless #40 roller chain from an industrial supplier, as Edson only sells #50 now. I paid less for 10' than Edson wanted for 1 1/2'. Of course, I only needed the shorter amount. Igf anyone needs #40 chain, let me know!!! Size is marked on the sides of each link.

Easy job to take off compass, duct tape messenger wire on each end, pull up, and then reinstall.

Make sure you have rudder stops below on steering quadrant, as I have heard of one failure, as chain / wire end would contact gears on extreme turns, therefore slowly cutting into wire.
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