Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Marina Del Rey CA
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I have a Yacht Specialties steering pedestal, and have overhauled the steering. I can tell you that there's not much to be afraid of, but be aware that if you break something it may be very hard to replace as Yacht Specialties has been out of business for quite some time.
You will need to disconnect the throttle and gear linkages at the engine then remove the compass and the binnacle. You'll see a couple of bolts holding the brackets the support throttle and gear cables, remove those and then pull the cables out from either the pedestal or engine end, whichever is easiest.
No you need to remove the steering cables from the quadrant, being careful of any fish hooks that might nick you, then remove the chain and cables from the top of the pedestal. While you were down beneath the pedestal you will have noticed the base plate that the pedestal is bolted to (4 big nuts). Remove these nuts, carefully as you don't want the plate to fall on you, and you should be able to now lift the pedestal clear of the cockpit floor. There's also a couple of wires you will have disconnected from the binnacle, they light the compass.
If the pedestall and parts are ok, no problem, reassembly is the reverse after you've repaired the floor. But if you have to replace the pedestal then check the price of an Edson and negotiate that into the price.
All the best