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Looking for a pulley wheel for the centerboard lift. The current wheel is 5/16 wide by 3-inches in diameter and is either bronze or stainless steel. I would prefer stainless steel. Any thoughts on where I might find a wheel?
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bronze will last better and be easier to make if you need it made. its not a hard project for a machine shop
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If the cable is stainless or galvanized wire bronze will get chewed up over time. Stainless will last longer in this case. This is especially true if the centerboard is ballasted.
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Try McMaster Carr they have everything.
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Thanks for the info. The cable is 3/16" stainless. The 31 year old wheel might be bronze but the shop nor I are confident in the type of metal at this point. I have also contacted Sabre and waiting for their reply.
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The reason bronze was used in the first place is because stainless against stainless is bad news, it galls. The thin strands of the cable will gall worse than the pulley. Much better to wear the pulley than the cable, which could break and drop the keel.

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At McMaster.com I found some pulley wheels made of Delrin. Although it is designed for wire rope. Any thoughts on the Delrin? Also is 3/16 cable the same as wire rope?
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Wire rope = cable. Delrin is good stuff. It would probably work well for this application.
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Thanks for the clarification.
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