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Steering Cable Tension Estimate (no book)

I do not have a book and not likely to find one for -- 1970 Islander 37, MS, Hull # 3096

I was looking at the rudder assembly to see what I need to do to drop the rudder down. The rudder has about 2 feet busted off it and needs replaced or rebuilt. I have a habit of inspecting and recording values prior to the dissassembly of anything I repair.

I ran the wheel thru. and it's two turns .. lock to lock. I did not notice any change in hard spots (drag) during the check.

This is the Question.

What is the normal tension of the steering control cable as a norm. I think my cables are loose. I moved them back & forth between 16 inches of distance between two pulleys. I could deflect the cable a 1/2 inch or so. I did not take exact measurments. I knew I needed some (cable tension) information before I made an adjustment.

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