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Catalina 30 Steering
Isolate all the possible sources of friction by pulling the steering cables off the yoke. You should then be able to locate where your troubles are. It''s possible that the wheel lock pad or the chain sprockets are jammed with old grease or the steering cables could be set up too tight.
There are a number of reasons for steering to be excessively tight, most of which donít include a haul out and dropping the rudder. Of course the company wants to pursue the most expensive option first. Itís your money their after!
My guess is that a few well placed squirts of lubricant and a couple twists of the wrench are going to go a long way to cure your problem.