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jwroblew
04-28-2008, 12:03 AM
So my steering has been stiff for the past few years, and I finally came to terms of replacing the cable this coming up winter '09, I would manage one more year. BAD IDEA. While skiing today, short set up slalom lake, I came through the course swung left to drop the skier on the right, started to steer back right, but boat would only go straight. Now remember I said short set up, did not panic, waited for RPMs to drop, put the boat in reverse but still had to much forward momentum and the engine stalled. At this point a date with shore was inevitable. Jumped over board desperately trying to get the boat to stop. Hit shore at a couple MPH, luckily were I hit shore there was a tree with low branches, so the boat got away with scratches on the rub rail. Me on the other hand is a different story. My boat has a cover that snaps on top of the gunnel, my hands must have slid over all of those friken snaps, my left hand was a bloody mess. No stitches but the Dr. said to take a week off from skiing. I guess that will give me time to replace the cable. Or could it be the rack itself?

kevfischer
04-28-2008, 12:10 AM
sorry to hear your pain. As you may know I had boat difficulties recently with hitch pin breaking. Glad to hear that you aren't hurt to bad. Get healed up to so you can get hit the course when it warms up.

Chas
04-28-2008, 01:32 AM
Sorry to hear about your trouble - hope your hand doesn't keep you from replacing the cable as well as skiing.

jwroblew
04-28-2008, 02:54 AM
I think I am going to get a buddy to help with the cable, by help I mean do most of the work will I watch :D

uawaterskier
04-28-2008, 05:06 AM
wow thanks for the post. The steering cable on our boat is really stiff, and after reading this I getting it all up to snuff ASAP.

erkoehler
04-28-2008, 10:03 PM
Where are you at in the midwest?

alletric
04-28-2008, 10:08 PM
I'm assuming the boat you werein was the 03 X7. That being the case is it normal for a steering cable to do that on a 4 year old boat? My boat is approaching 20 years old and has only had 1 cable replacement with 850 hrs on the boat.

erkoehler
04-28-2008, 10:15 PM
Depends on how the boat was maintained, if the cable sits in water, and if it was greased.

We've replaced steering cables on boats as new as 2008!

peason
04-28-2008, 10:24 PM
Depends on how the boat was maintained, if the cable sits in water, and if it was greased.

We've replaced steering cables on boats as new as 2008!

Typical dealer answer! :) :D

Waterski-Marcoisland
04-28-2008, 10:27 PM
go hydraulic!

erkoehler
04-28-2008, 10:30 PM
Typical dealer answer! :) :D
Well, it is true isn't it?

JimN
04-28-2008, 10:36 PM
For the life of me, I can't think of a reason the motor should have stalled.

erkoehler
04-28-2008, 10:38 PM
For the life of me, I can't think of a reason the motor should have stalled.

I've seen it before when the driver is going to fast in forward and puts the boat in reverse......normal(ish).

Willski
04-28-2008, 10:39 PM
I've never replaced my cable. Steering gets stiff, I lubricate it and all is well. 1984 MC. Am I asking for trouble?

mbtka
04-28-2008, 10:47 PM
A little preventative maintenence goes a long way. I would grease my a couple of times a year.

JimN
04-28-2008, 11:31 PM
I guess I could see it if the boat is moving pretty fast and it's put in reverse/idle, but if impact is impending, I would think the tendency would be to rev it a bit.

jwroblew
04-28-2008, 11:32 PM
Boat just turned 1000 hrs on it, so it is only a 4 year old boat, but with a ton of use. I typically greased about once a year.

Took the cable out tonight, it was broke were the cable gets crimped to the metal rod at the back.

erk, I'm in Toledo Ohio, if you can help me out send me a PM.