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Re: Cordage wrap on helm wheel

Med, do you think that the black cord would get too hot in the sun?

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Med, do you think that the black cord would get too hot in the sun?
I live in the Pacific Northwest, so a question like that never occurred to me...

Good question though.

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Re: Cordage wrap on helm wheel

I did this to the wheel on Raven and loved it. Indeed I'd rather have this than leather though I'm not about to strip of the leather in order to redo the thing in cord.

The final result was a bit iffy when compared to result obtained by someone who knows what they are doing but for a first time effort I was pretty pleased. I did it in stages over two or three weekends. Dirt is without doubt the biggest problem. I didn't redo the wee bit there as original centre mark. One has to admit it discoloured somewhat. Mind you the original was there for twenty years. After six years my handiwork still looked relatively clean.


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Re: Cordage wrap on helm wheel

I did this to the wheel on Raven and loved it. Indeed I'd rather have this than leather though I'm not about to strip of the leather in order to redo the thing in cord.

The final result was a bit iffy when compared to result obtained by someone who knows what they are doing but for a first time effort I was pretty pleased. I did it in stages over two or three weekends. Dirt is without doubt the biggest problem. I didn't redo the wee bit there as original centre mark. One has to admit it discoloured somewhat. Mind you the original was there for twenty years. After six years my handiwork still looked relatively clean.


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Re: Cordage wrap on helm wheel



Having said that, here's mine.


Only the actual wheel remains, since taking this picture in Nov 13, I've replaced the helm 'table', pedestal guard, instruments etc.
The wheel will get stripped, varnished, and partially wrapped (1/4's) this summer.

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Re: Cordage wrap on helm wheel

I can see how the wrong cord would make you want to removal it all. I was helping a friend on his boat today and the cord on his wheel (which I think is the netting stuff) felt a lot rougher than the fine cord on my wheel (it looks a lot like tdw's wheel...nice job!).

I'd look for something smooth and not white.

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Re: Cordage wrap on helm wheel

I am currently undertaking (attempting to undertake...) coachwhipping Chameleon's wheel with Mason's line which should last many years. The larger paracord tends to leave open spaces allowing the wheel to show through. I got the idea from an article in the current issue of Good Old Boat. http://goodoldboat.com/promo_pdfs/Mar13_Promo.pdf I have read one report where salt spray accumulated on someone's unspecified cordage causing it to become abrasive to the hands. Since I sail freshwater, I'm not terribly concerned but it may be a factor for some. I'll post some pictures when (if) I get it done. Good luck!

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Re: Cordage wrap on helm wheel

I've had both. Prefer the leather personally. Used boatleather.com padded kit, easy job, great fit. Took a couple of nights in front of the tv in the winter.

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I've had both. Prefer the leather personally. Used boatleather.com padded kit, easy job, great fit. Took a couple of nights in front of the tv in the winter.
We may have a winner here. Doing this mid-summer might be risky, as I would be in tough shape, if I didn't get it done before the next scheduled cast off.

How is the leather holding up to the UV? That's what has killed the one I have. (edit: did you use smooth or suede?)


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Re: Cordage wrap on helm wheel

I used the suede, Minne. Of course, here in Ohio most of our UV exposure comes from medical procedures and neon lights, but it looks like new after 5 years. I do cover it with a pedestal cover when I'm not on the boat and I remove the wheel when it's on the hard.
I bought from boatleather.com on special at the Annapolis show and it was considerably cheaper than Edson. Perfect fit and I think it's thicker leather. I bought the foam padded one, which is much envied at my marina and has a great feel. I made one change to the installation instructions: about every 6-8" I tied off the stitching so if it broke somewhere I wouldn't have to redo the whole wheel.

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