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Gear shift cable lubrcation

As a new owner of a PSC 34, there are a few things I want to address, mainly the gear selector cable. The movement feels clunky or sticky. Moving the lever on the gearbox, with the linkage disconnected, is smooth and predictable. My question is can the gearshift cable be lubed or does it need to be replaced? A quick glance at the situation would lead me to believe that the binnacle mounted compass would have to be removed to expose the end of the cable housing. Or maybe the cable can be accessed from under the deck, thru the steering wheel pedestal.
The other task i would like to do is replace all the halyards. The question here is how accurate the owners manual is with regards to the lengths of line required? The plan would be to join the new line to the old and pull it thru to replace. Any suggestions?

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Re: Gear shift cable lubrcation

Morse has a cable lubricator which you might be able to borrow from a shop near you. Otherwise, replacing them with the Teflon lined ones is a smooth move.

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Re: Gear shift cable lubrcation

Have you kept the cable connected to the shifter, but disconnected from the transmission and given it a try? Sometimes, it's an odd bend or placement of the cable that makes it feel clunky.


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Re: Gear shift cable lubrcation

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The other task i would like to do is replace all the halyards. The question here is how accurate the owners manual is with regards to the lengths of line required? The plan would be to join the new line to the old and pull it thru to replace. Any suggestions?
When I have done this, I have attached a light "messenger" line to halyard and pulled the old halyard down, pulling the messenger line up in its place. Note the messenger is attached to the end pulled to raise the sail, not the end that is normally attached to sail. You may have a shackle of some kind on the sail end that would prevent it being pulled that way. With the old halyard out you can measure it to see if it agrees with the number in the owner's manual.

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Re: Gear shift cable lubrcation

I just replaced the entire steering pedestal. I could not access the cable ends due galvanic corrosion of the binnacle. The four stainless screws were welded to the aluminum housing. Not sure if you will be able to access yours. If you can, a C33 cable available thru any marine dealer should fix the problem.

I have found the measurements in the PSC 34 owners manual are very accurate. As suggested too, you can send a messenger line up the mast so you can pull the old halyards and use as a template. You can also go to swancruise.com where Dave Mancini details many of the specs for the 34. Hope this helps.

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Re: Gear shift cable lubrcation

Last year my shift cable was starting to feel a little notchy/sticky when I hauled out.

I disconnected the transmission end and opened up the binnacle for access to the shifter end and gave it a liberal shot of WD40. Then I worked the cable back forth, gave it another shot, etc. until it felt smooth again.

Total cost - a little bit of time hanging out on the boat puttering and listening to music.

Access inside the pedestal can be tricky so take your time...

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