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Hi, we have a Hampton Safari mark 2 and would like some advice/help with the problem of the control arm getting very stiff when going in to moor at very low revs. When driving/maneuvering in low revs the control arm gets very stiff. We have checked the cables, which appear to be OK. Any ideas please on what the problem could be. We have only recently purchased the boat, and thought it may have been due to her not being taken out on the river for quite a while.
Hi Try slacking the damper/friction clutch it has a adjustable friction on the movement. ether unscrew the handle anti clockwise or undo the adjusting screw on end of body depending on what model you have. John
Try disconnecting the cable from the gearbox to see if the stiffness is in the cable or the gearbox. Also check the cable run to ensure bends aren't too small it's not unusual to replace a broken cable with a shorter on. And to be honest a boat of that age is going to throw up lots of niggles put up with them or get your wallet out.
It could be a adjustment problem if the previous owner has B*****ed about with it in the past but before you have a go I would strongly advise that you check for kinks along the cable. What happens if you disconnect at the engine end is it still stiff? Could simply be it needs some 'lube in the tube' not so easy to do on a Hampton because it is not normally downhill all the way. The best thing to use is "Clock Oil" available on Amazon etc. as this does not go Gummy with time. You can tape a tyre inflator to one and see if you can squirt lube along, not easy but, unless you are very lucky, there are rather a lot of bulkheads and obstructions to negotiate for a cable removal and do make sure if you try to firmly attach a tough draw wire to the one you are removing
Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)
This message was edited by billmaxted on Jun-25-18 @ 8:57 AM
Many thanks for all suggestions received from fellow members. Hubby will have a closer look and see if there are any kinks in the cable and try other solutions offered. Once again, many thanks for advice offered.