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SeaCat22 06-22-2011 12:45 PM

steering linkage failure...
As this my first season learning to sail, I have experienced my first major setback.

Last night while coming home at sunset something in the linkage of my pedestal steering ket snapped leaving the rudder useless. I haven't opened it yet to view the damage but it felt and sounded like a good pop.

My 72 catalina 22 has an aftermarket pedestal kit made in 1974, I believe its made by steering componnents? It is white and has a small compass on top of the pedestal. I do still have the original tiller handle so I can move the rudder if I want, but the unique wheel was great.

My two options or to try and fix it or have it removed completely and then have about. 6" diameter hole in my cockpit floor covered.

Anyone have thoughts or suggestions? Pretty bummed.

Jeff_H 06-22-2011 12:55 PM

It makes less than no sense to have wheel steering on a Catalina 22. Remove the wheel and go back to a tiller with a tiller will have more feel helping you to sail better and learn quicker and will probably enjoy sailing the boat a lot more.

JimsCAL 06-22-2011 05:44 PM

A wheel on anything smaller than 28-30 foot makes no sense.

deniseO30 06-22-2011 05:51 PM

Well it also makes sense to fix it since it's there. Steering is pretty low tech. Don't know if you have a cable set up or push pull arrangement. suggest you do some looking first! If your not capable then it may be expensive.

mitiempo 06-22-2011 10:03 PM

It makes sense to fix it if it should be there, not just because it is there.

PaulfromNWOnt 06-22-2011 11:40 PM

Likely a very simple fix. You'll have to decipher how it's connected, and then probably just reconnect something that has come unhinged. Weather helm may have put a little too much strain on the system, but that's another issue.

To the naysayers: It ain't yer stinkin boat! I PROMISE there's someone out there who has issues with something you've done to yours. Help a fellow sailor out sheesh (even though I miss him, we don't need someone trying to fill SD's shoes).

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