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Edson pedestal brake question

I was doing some prep work on my boat and noticed the handle that locks the steering lying on the deck. I tried to re-thread it but it will not screw in. Do I need to remove the compass and access it from inside? I usually have it tightened down but I'm not sure why it fell out?

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Re: Edson pedestal brake question

Here's an exploded drawing.. in all likelihood it vibrated out - (cotter pin gone?).. problem is now the pieces (brake leg(s)) may have fallen to the bottom of the pedestal tube... even if they didn't it'll be tough to realign all the bits blind.

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Re: Edson pedestal brake question

Yes, the compass needs to come off and the little light disconnected. There are only a few small screws holding it on, so it's easy to remove. Hope you didn't lose parts in the bilge but parts are readily available. http://www.edsonmarine.com/support/P...akeInstall.PDFPedestal Wheel Brake for Pre-2003 Steerers [689ST-456] - $218.00 : Edson Marine StoreAnything that drops in from that point on my boat is gone forever to some parallel universe:-)

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Re: Edson pedestal brake question

Don't be surprised if the screws that hold the compass in don't want to come out on your older boat. You need to be prepared to break them and remove the stubs. Edson has a replacement set of ceramic-coated bolts to preclude corrosion in the future.

Recommend you discuss this procedure directly with the Edson folks in New Bedford. Their customer service is super. They may charge a lot for parts, but you usually get what you pay for (and that includes customer support).
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Re: Edson pedestal brake question

Took me over 4 years of using my boat to realize that that knob was a wheel break. I'd been really wishing for one too and even rigged up some bungee contraptions that didn't work very well.

Sometimes I can be a little slow....

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Re: Edson pedestal brake question

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Took me over 4 years of using my boat to realize that that knob was a wheel break. I'd been really wishing for one too and even rigged up some bungee contraptions that didn't work very well.

Sometimes I can be a little slow....

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Wheel brake - it used to be my autopilot! )
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Re: Edson pedestal brake question

Faster got it. I just did a brake rebuild on my pedestal, my guess is your cotter pin failed and the handle back out, hopefully the brake pads are still salvageable but this would be a good time to get a brake rebuild kit from Edson anyway. Use a hack saw blade to get the old nylon bearing out being careful not to cut into the aluminum

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Re: Edson pedestal brake question

If I remember correctly the last time that happened to me I had to fish the brakes out with a magnet on a string.

On that boat only my compass would come off, not the top of the pedestal, so I always to work through the tiny hole in the top. Fun times.
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Re: Edson pedestal brake question

I've found the most fun is trying to get new cables snaked up through the darned things. My throttle cable has broken a couple of times. I've almost become permanently wedged upside down inside the lazarette hatch trying to get the cable up through the tube!

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