View Full Version : Boat Cable steering slack

August 14th, 2010, 11:00 AM
Hi Folks
Have Honda BF50 driving Nimble Nomad with sloppy (I.E. backlash of approx. 30 degrees) cable steering and Raymarine Sport Pilot that can not cope with the slop. Can the slack be taken out of the system some how .. seems to be helm motion (10 degrees) to Auto pilot and auto pilot motion to motor movement (20 degrees)??

August 14th, 2010, 01:44 PM
I don't know anything about that boat in particular. However if it is just slack cable you should be able to loosen the cable fastener at one or both ends and pull out the slack. If it is worn parts then they will need to be replaced.

August 14th, 2010, 05:40 PM
As a 30 year boat owner, none of what you say makes sense to me, you sound like a fast talking used car salesman:vroam:

August 16th, 2010, 12:35 AM
Autopilot systems are very difficult to deal with is why dealerships want a good deal of money for repairing such systems.

An autopilot system is an additional control systems attached to the steering system on the respective platform.

Having said all that,
You need to explain which system specifically has the excessive play.
The steering system or the autopilot system.
So which is it?
You make it sound as if the one system drives the other.

One dimensional platforms are so much simpler than the 3 dimensional ones. ;)

August 16th, 2010, 06:41 PM

August 17th, 2010, 01:28 AM



Gee, I wasn't far off course, was I. :-P

If you own a vessel like that, you can afford to take it in to the boat dock and have the navigations repairman fix it.

If you have to ask about repairs, you should be able to afford the repairs manuals.