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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. My wheel brake doesn't hold - what can I do?
  2. The snap ring that keeps my wheel from moving forward on the wheel shaft has broken - can I get a replacement?
  3. Will the new Stainless Engine Control Handles fit my existing Edson Engine Controls?
  4. My throttle doesn't hold when I push it full forward - what can I do?
  5. I need a new black plastic handle for the horizontal Shift Lever - are these available?
  6. I'd like to add instruments to my pedestal - can I retrofit a taller stainless guard pipe in place of my shorter one?
  7. Can I get replacement parts for my steering system?
  8. How do I know if I have an Edson Wheel or Steering System?
  9. I have 'play' in my steering system - what can I do?
  10. I would like a larger/smaller steering wheel, will it effect my steering system?
  11. What maintenance is required for proper steering system performance?
  12. My pedestal needs repainting - what does Edson Recommend?
  13. Can I convert my tiller-steered boat to Wheel Steering?
  14. Is my compass an Edson Compass? Can Edson repair it?
  15. How much will Edson Davits Hold?
  16. Will Edson Steering Wheels fit on my non-Edson steering system?
  17. What size/model Edson Pedestal do I have?
  18. How do I remove or replace engine control cables?
  19. My Wheel Nut will not stay tight - what can I do?
  20. I have a Yacht Specialties/Merriman Steering System, do Edson parts fit?


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Q1: My Wheel Brake doesn't hold - what can I do?
A1: Just like the brake pads on your car, the brake pads on your boats steering system wear down and eventually need to be replaced. Order Edson Part# 316-689 Wheel Brake Maintenance Kit for all of the parts you need to make your brake work like new again. Included are new pads, adhesive, required replacement parts, and complete relining and maintenance instructions.

Wheel Brake Maintenance Kit - Order #316-456

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Q2: The snap ring that keeps my wheel from moving forward on the wheel shaft has broken - can I get a replacement?
A2: Yes. Until recently, all Edson Pedestals were supplied with a single snap ring to hold the wheel from moving forward on the wheel shaft. Edson has changed this to a split ring with a washer. The split ring is put in the grove and the washer slides in between the wheel and the split ring. It is recommended that you keep at least one spare ring and washer in your onboard spares kit.

Split Ring - Order # 960-A-1870

Washer - Order #960-A-792

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Q3: Will the new Stainless Engine Control Handles fit my existing Edson Engine Controls?
A3: Yes, order Part# 963SB-55 for throttle and Part# 963PT-55 for clutch. They are easily retrofitted to your existing Engine Control Shafts.

Starboard Engine Control for Throttle - Order #963SB-55

Port Engine Control For Clutch - Order #963PT-55
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Q4: My throttle doesn't hold when I push it full forward - what can I do?
A4: Some Engine have a very tight spring on the throttle lever. Depending on the Engine Control Model, you may be able to tighten the Throttle Friction Adjuster. Older controls may not have this adjuster, but a "horseshoe" cable-clamp can easily and inexpensively be clamped around the outer jacket of the engine control cable to add the proper cable resistance.
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Q5: I need a new black plastic handle for the horizontal Shift Lever - are these available?
A5: Yes - order Part# 960-A-597 Clutch Handle. Contact Customer Service at (508) 995-9711 or info@edsonintl.com.
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Q6: I'd like to add instruments to my pedestal - can I retrofit a taller stainless guard pipe in place of my shorter one?
A6: Yes - Edson offers an assortment of guard pipes of various heights. For a complete selection, see your Edson Catalog or request your copy today.
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Q7: Can I get replacement parts for my steering system?
A7: Yes - all Steering System parts are available individually for replacement. See the appropriate page in your Edson Catalog for a drawing of most items. If you don't find the part you need, contact Edson Technical Service
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Q8: How do I know if I have an Edson Wheel or Steering System?
A8: All Edson pedestal have an Edson Serial Number in the pedestal head below the compass. All Edson wheels have "Edson" stamped into the end of the hub. Almost every part built by Edson has the Edson name cast or stamped into them. Look for the Edson name for authentic Edson Parts.
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Q9: I have 'play' in my steering system - what can I do?
A9: If you have a chain and wire system, you most likely need to tighten the cables in your steering system (download Edson Steering Maintenance Guide). If you have a geared steering system, contact Edson Technical Service.

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Q10: I would like a larger/smaller steering wheel, will it effect my steering system?
A10: In most cases, moving up or down in wheel size a few inches will have little effect. However, you should not go much smaller than 2-4 inches in diameter than the originally specified wheel size or the effort required to turn the wheel may be excessive. Moving up in size is not as critical, but you may have less feel, as less effort is required to turn the wheel. The best way to determine if another size of wheel would work for your boat is to borrow a wheel of the size you would like from a friend at your marina or yacht club for a day and try it out in varying conditions and circumstances.
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Q11: What maintenance is required for proper steering system performance?
A11: Download the Steering System Maintenance Guide for complete maintenance and lubrication instructions. You should inspect and maintain your system no less than once a year and more often if the boat is in the tropics or part of a charter fleet. Click here to download Edson's Marine Steering Inspection Checklist
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Q12: My pedestal needs repainting - what does Edson Recommend?
A12: Click here for Engineering Bulletin 95-345, Edson Pedestal Repainting Instructions for complete Repainting Guidelines.
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Q13: Can I convert my tiller-steered boat to Wheel Steering?
A13: In most cases, yes. Edson has Steering Data Sheets for over 2400 boats that outline the conversion from tiller to wheel. Click Here to download the Steering Data Sheet for your boat. Prices start at around $2100.
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Q14: Is my compass an Edson Compass? Can Edson repair it?
A14: Edson does not make the compasses that are attached to our pedestals. Ritchie, Danforth, Aqua-Meter and other companies make compasses and should be contacted directly for service centers for their particular brands.
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Q15: How much will Edson Davits Hold?
A15: Edson Davits have a safe working load of 250 lbs. In other words, your dinghy, motor, gas tank and any other items stored in the dinghy should not weigh more than 250 lbs. Total.
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Q16: Will Edson Steering Wheels fit on my non-Edson steering system?
A16: Edson Sailboat Steering Wheels have either a 1" straight bore with a 1/4" keyway and a hub length of 2 3/8" or a 1" bore with an 8 degree taper, 3/16" keyway and a hub length of 1". See Wheel section of the Edson Catalog for diagram. Measure your existing wheel or shaft to determine if it is compatible. If not, an Edson #698 Wheel Adapter may allow a conversion. See the Edson Catalog for information or click here for a diagram.
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Q17: What size/model Edson Pedestal do I have?
A17: All #334, #335, and #336 Pedestals have a 6 7/8" diameter top (measured just below the compass). All #400, #401, and #402 Pedestals have an 8" diameter top. See the Edson Catalog for these pedestals.

Click here to order your Edson Catalog.

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Q18: How do I remove or replace engine control cables?
A18: Click here for Engineering Bulletin 92-316
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Q19: My Wheel Nut will not stay tight - what can I do?
A19: If your wheel nut is black plastic, you can upgrade to a stainless nut #673ST. If you have a stainless wheel nut, a drop of removable Loc-Tite on the threads will keep the nut from backing off.

Stainless Wheel Nut - Order #673ST (Specify Thread Size)

Quick Release Wheel Nut - Order #826ST (Specify Thread Size)

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Q20: I have a Yacht Specialties/Merriman Steering System, do Edson parts fit?
A20: Yacht Specialties went out of business in approximately 1989. Edson does not stock any of their spare parts, and most parts in the pedestal or engine controls are not compatible. However, many popular accessories such as tables, wheels, glass holders and instrument housings do fit. The Edson catalog describes many such accessories that are compatible.
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