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  • Pontoon stearing

    Posted by jboy on February 23, 2017 at 4:54 am

    I have a 86 Pontoon boat. Replaceing the floor for the 3rd time. Sense I’m going to all this trouble I’m going to re wire it also.. I have 2 Questions all feed back is welcome. #1 is the motor will not trim anymore, I have the option of buying a new one or getting the old one Rebuilt.. I know the old one came with the boat (new) so I know it will match perfect.. So whats your take Buy a new one or Rebuild. # 2 is its getting very hard to turn the steering wheel, Will a new cable help? I have kept it greased over the years but gets harder to turn every year. Will a new steering cable work or no… All feed back is welcome. Keep in mind its a 86 Pontoon boat, Rebuild cost so far is 1600.00 but I cant buy another pontoon boat for that so that’s the only reason I’m doing this. Don’t be shy And let me know what you think on the Steering cable and the trim motor… Thanks and happy fishing.

    jboy replied 6 years, 9 months ago 5 Members · 5 Replies
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  • robertsrandy

    February 23, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I can speak for the steering cable question. I have a 1988 Ranger bass boat, and the steering kept getting tighter for the past several years. Finally it froze up solid. I was fortunate that it happened near the boat ramp.
    A new cable and steering costed about $900 installed (the old steering was not compatable with newer model cables). If I had it to do over again, I would have taken it to the shop WAY earlier to see what could have been done to avoid a total freeze up. It wouldn’t hurt to take it in and get an estimate. If it’s tight at the motor it can be taken apart and cleaned. If the cable is froze inside the sheath, there’s nothing to do but replace it. If you are mechanically handy, you could probably find a used cable in good condition and install it for less.
    As far as the motor, I believe it’s usually more cost effective to repair than to replace. Especially when you’ve owned the motor for a long time and have not abused it.

  • Brian

    February 23, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I agree with Robert. For the sterring I would get an estimate, but also pull it up on YouTube to watch how it is done…maybe you can do it yourself. I would repair motor unless you could afford a new one. Yamaha with extended warranty last 6 years!

  • nobass

    February 23, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I had to replace my trim motor.this year tried to repair my self. Trust me when I say get a rebuild most places give 1 year warranty .same ones.have.

  • jard

    February 23, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    I have replaced many steering cables over the years. Not very hard to do. Can order online from $100-$200 depending on what helm you have. You can even upgrade to a no feed back system.

  • jboy

    February 24, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Thanks for the Feed Back..

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