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So picked up this boat a couple weeks ago. 1983 17' Targa, full stringers, berk E pump, has a fin, kinda of a cool little boat. I have owned outdrives and outboards before, this is my first jet. Took it out to Inglebright the other evening for a little cruise and the steering feels really touchy. Only drove for a little bit before having motor problems.The plan is a father son rebuild of the boat, and I want him and my wife to be able to drive it without pitching someone overboard. Is there a slower ratio steering? I looked around a bit and didn't see anything. Steering is a bit stiff so new cables are needed anyway, figured you guys would know if anything was out there.
 

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So picked up this boat a couple weeks ago. 1983 17' Targa, full stringers, berk E pump, has a fin, kinda of a cool little boat. I have owned outdrives and outboards before, this is my first jet. Took it out to Inglebright the other evening for a little cruise and the steering feels really touchy. Only drove for a little bit before having motor problems.The plan is a father son rebuild of the boat, and I want him and my wife to be able to drive it without pitching someone overboard. Is there a slower ratio steering? I looked around a bit and didn't see anything. Steering is a bit stiff so new cables are needed anyway, figured you guys would know if anything was out there.
What is the distance of the front edge of the fin from the transom?
 

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The majority of these boat use a fairly standard rack and pinion single cable steering , steering effort under way should be very easy (gets more difficult when the cable starts to bind ) are you concerned with all aspects or just low speed ? , does the boat have trim ? (eg a diverter?)
 

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It's stiff at all speeds, so I know a new cable is needed. No diverter installed yet, the boat did come with a droop and diverter. figured I'd get it reliable first, then start bolting stuff on. I'm more concerned with higher speeds and the wife over doing the steering input. The fin is roughly 40" in front of the transom, (Ill measure later) it also has a rudder, I'm thinking maybe they are fighting each other. Motor is coming out this week and going back to previous owner per our deal. Putting in a pretty mild 454 for time being. Won't be a real hot rod, just want reliable and fun. That being said, I've already started collecting parts for something with a little more HP.
 

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My experience is that it will have an old helm setup that they don't make cables for so it gets replaced with a complete teleflex unit. I've done this on several boats and it works awesome.
 

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It really doesn't matter what steering mech you install. Jets steer with water pressure (think trying to hold onto a fire hose). That's why jets are so fun! They turn on a dime and are very controllable. Yes they are touchy but in my own opinion that's a good thing. A blip of the throttle and your boat goes where it needs to be. It only takes a Saturday to get comfortable with operating a jet, then a summer to red line her in all water conditions.
 
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