Congrats on the birthright and becoming a member of TT! Pics are very welcome here, so when you get a chance post the photos of your boat. I have an '85 and the steering wheel I have is the original. Grant makes an exact replica of it (they may have even been the original supplier). I'm not sure what yours looks like but a Grant will work as a replacement. The wood veneer is going to be hard to come by, but I have seen many on this forum do different things that turned out awesome. I believe one person even used vinyl (similar to contact paper) and made a realistic looking replication. Good luck and we look forward to your progress. BTW, where in the southeast are you? I'm in middle TN.
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