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  • 1971 Tahiti ski boat

    I just traded some labor for this schuster Tahiti ski boat. Its a 4 cylinder and runs good. Its an I/O 140. I launched it this week and noticed it won't steer. What can I do to fix this problem. Everything else is fine on the boat.


  • #2
    Re: 1971 Tahiti ski boat

    Well sounds like a steering cable issue. Or it could be in the steering box. Does the wheel turn free or is it locked up? Will the outdrive move left and right or is it locked in place?
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    • #3
      Re: 1971 Tahiti ski boat

      Originally posted by spdracr39 View Post
      Well sounds like a steering cable issue. Or it could be in the steering box. Does the wheel turn free or is it locked up? Will the outdrive move left and right or is it locked in place?
      The wheel is locked and so is the outdrive. I tried moving it back and forth. It moved maybe 1/2".

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      • #4
        Re: 1971 Tahiti ski boat

        Rusted cable? Unhook the cable from the outdrive and see if one of them moves by itself.

        LK

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        • #5
          Re: 1971 Tahiti ski boat

          Originally posted by Alwhite00 View Post
          Rusted cable? Unhook the cable from the outdrive and see if one of them moves by itself.

          LK
          I did that. it was totally rusted i tried loosing it with some wd40. no luck. i have been looking on line for a replacement. i just dont know which one to choose. Its the original ride glide 11. any ideas on what i can replace with??

          Joey

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          • #6
            Re: 1971 Tahiti ski boat

            Originally posted by Joey71 View Post
            I did that. it was totally rusted i tried loosing it with some wd40. no luck. i have been looking on line for a replacement. i just dont know which one to choose. Its the original ride glide 11. any ideas on what i can replace with??

            Joey
            Should be able to find something at Teleflex Marine that will work with that boat.

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            • #7
              Re: 1971 Tahiti ski boat

              There's a great post in the engine FAQ forum on replacing a marine steering system.
              Zak

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              • #8
                Re: 1971 Tahiti ski boat

                Originally posted by MTboatguy View Post
                Should be able to find something at Teleflex Marine that will work with that boat.
                Thanks, I was able to take the cable off and it was rusted. I was able to free it up with some break free. I was also able to clean it very well and spin it with a drill. I lubed it all up and it works fine. Now the engine wont stay running....... ARGGGGG. It seems like as soon as I think i might be able to take it out something else happens. Does the boat need to be level to keep the gas flowing into the fuel pump. Pump is new and so filter...Any ideas???????????

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                • #9
                  Re: 1971 Tahiti ski boat

                  no it doesnt.......does fuel get to the pump?......if its intermettent.......pull the feed tube in the gas tank.....it may have a hole in it.....causing it to suck air whenthe tank is low.
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                  • #10
                    Re: 1971 Tahiti ski boat

                    Originally posted by oops! View Post
                    no it doesnt.......does fuel get to the pump?......if its intermettent.......pull the feed tube in the gas tank.....it may have a hole in it.....causing it to suck air whenthe tank is low.
                    I replaced all the hose from the tank to fuel pump. Replaced fuel filter too. Got it running. It idles fine but when I put a load on it, it stalls out. Don't quite know how the throttle works. It's seems simple but it has a black lever next to the forward and reverse handle. It seems like the black lever is actually the throttle? Let me know what you think. If not I'll go somewhere local to have it looked at?

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