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Old 05-07-2018, 01:15 PM
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Help w 2001 PS205v Floor Removal

I have a family friend in Michigan who owns a 2001 PS 205v and is trying to change out his steering cable. He has tied a rope to the rudder end and is trying the pull the cable through at the driver's position to then reverse the process installing the new one (pretty typical in my experience).

The problem he is having is that it is hanging up on something mid-way and is wondering how to remove the floor panel. Personally, I have never seen the boat / looked at one close and was wondering if you guys could help us out?

The photo is looking toward the back of the boat with the driver's seat in the lower left. He commented that it looks like he may have to remove the seat support to get the left panel out and wondered if the floor lifts out with no screws?

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Old 05-07-2018, 02:00 PM
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He shouldn't have to remove the seat support. If you remove the seat cushions you should be able to see 2 bolts on each side of the seat support (by the speaker and 12V outlet). After removing those 4 bolts you should get enough play in the seat support to slide the seat out. No screws in the floor. When I took mine out I used a narrow pry bar (a flat head screw driver would probably work) and starting prying on the end opposite the seat support. Once it starts lifting you should be able to pull towards the bow to clear the seat support.
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Thank you!

When you get that section of floor up can you see the path of the cable?

Any ideas what he might be snagging on or whether it should pull through without getting more hands on?

When I did my 2001 190, the cable came through pretty clean from what I recall, but it sounds like this one is being a little more difficult.
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Old 05-07-2018, 02:53 PM
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I was installing perfect pass so I didn't pay any attention to the steering cable, but definitely could get hung up in there. In the 3 years I've owned the boat I haven't had to anything with the steering cable, but I randomly save posts I come across on this site just in case I have to do it some day. Check this one out.

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...steering+cable
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Old 05-07-2018, 03:08 PM
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The old cable is routed next to and under the fuel tank and is probably catching on a support or zip tie or the lip of the narrow cutout.

Use something like a smooth flat pry bar to pop the front ( bow side ) of that square up. Keeping the panel as close and flat to the floor as possible begin to pull it towards the bow while wiggling the panel side to side . Keeping it as flat as possible keeps it from catching on the rear seat base. You may notice a little flex in that rear seat base in the center when you start to wiggle. Completely normal. Just go slow. You don’t need to remove the seat base
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Spectacular guys, much appreciated!
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