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post #2 of Old 08-21-2003
chuckg
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wheel/binnacle

May the buyer Beware! Used steering components are subjected to huge loads during the life of a yacht along with corrosion issues. Unless the components are well maintained and adjusted properly, they can leave you stranded without steering on your boat. Also, find out what brand of steering system that is for sale. Yacht Specialties and Merriman have been out of business for years and replacement and service parts are near impossible to find. Steering systems are typically designed to meet the specifications of a particular yacht. Don''t assume that a system for one boat will fit another as items such as the quadrant are bored to fit a specific size rudder post. Would you put used steering or shocks on a car if you wanted to upgrade it?
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