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Nirvana

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Re: Helm cable grease?
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2023, 12:26:55 PM »
Of course!  Superlube!  I just bought a big tub of it for my telescope bearing upgrade. 
Yes, saw your post on FB.  Chain was inspected two years ago while replacing helm breaks, also a good thing to keep eyes on, they do wear though not as risky as fractured link.

It never ends does it?

P.S.  contrary to Edson standard recommendations to completely pull the cables (I had a conversation with them at the Newport Boat show in 2017 about this) the cables CAN be inspected without pulling them.  It takes two people, patients, a headset for communication and a bit of contortion but moving the helm slowly in each direction and observing as well as running a microfiber cloth along it at key points during the move will reveal any minor snags in the strands.  Key points being the full travel at any turns as well as the ends at both the quadrant and the pedestal.

On my boat there is only one location I could not get to the complete travel and that is where it passes under the aft water tank to the quadrant.  Being a straight run and never rotated or turned it is a very low risk section.  However it is not a difficult task disconnecting the quadrant end and pulling that through to do the inspection.

I am fairly confident Everywhere else the cable can be inspected through its full travel unless it is sections completely sheathed which are are all straight runs as well and well protected and, being properly greased, at very low risk. Any portion that does enter the sheaths can be inspected as it enters or exits as the helm is slowly turned.

We spent a couple hours on this task after the convention and actually fount the quadrant clamp had slipped at some past life so adjusted that but the cables were in very good condition.  Took the opportunity to grease all turn blocks and the quadrant as well.
Ken Sabatini
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Re: Helm cable grease?
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2023, 06:12:40 AM »
I just pulled my cables, and found them frayed, so yes check your cables!

More worrying I found the master link in the chain from cracked!!!!! Check you chains!!! I will post a picture in the Hylas Face Book group.

Just ordered 2 new master links from Edson and have had 2 new cables made up.

Here is the recommendation from Edson re grease.

The Grease for the steering conduit is Super Lube (Teflon Grease)

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Re: Helm cable grease?
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2023, 12:18:03 AM »
Ha!  Non petroleum grease. Edson will tell you which product to use right after they tell you to replace the cables every 10 years.

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Re: Helm cable grease?
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2023, 04:37:19 PM »
Super Lube Synthetic Grease is what

Nirvana

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Re: Helm cable grease?
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2023, 09:45:43 AM »
Apostrophe will get ya every time Joel!  LOL
Ken Sabatini
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Re: Helm cable grease?
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2023, 07:02:47 PM »
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Nirvana

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Helm cable grease?
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2023, 02:16:24 PM »
I need to fill the grease cups for the helm cables.  Pretty sure it is white lithium but looking for confirmation.
I have used PTFE Marine on the quadrant over the years but the cups have all been fine with a turn or two on what is  in there.
Now they are a bit close to bottoming out so it is time to fill them.  I am just going to clean them out and refill as I think whatever is in there is several years old.

Well, who am I kidding.  Of course it is several years old.  I have never filled them and had the boat since 2016.  Shame on me I suppose!  LOL
« Last Edit: May 22, 2023, 02:19:49 PM by Nirvana »
Ken Sabatini
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