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Pedestal Steering Cross Wire Idler C-28, C-30

Part #: Z3905
Replacement for the Catalina 28 and Catalina 30 equipped with Edson wheel steering using the typical pull-pull system and a "Radial Drive" steering quadrant.
The crossed wire idler leads your steering cable from its vertical run within your pedestal to a horizontal run under the cockpit, then aft to the radial drive wheel on the rudder shaft. It is mounted immediately under the pedestal, above deck, in a recess molded into the deck.

The steering in this vintage of Catalina 28 and 30 shared a unique above-decks location. The steering components area all housed in a compartment accessible through a removable trapezoidal hatch in the cockpit sole. Due to restricted height inside of the compartment, this custom, low profile idler is required. This custom idler was only used on the Catalina 28 and the Catalina 30.

Caution: These parts were only used on a relatively few hulls with production ending over 10 years ago. More than once we have been told they are discontinued. Each time we've negotiated production by ordering a batch to be built for us. If there is any chance you are going to need one in foreseeable future, it would be prudent to order one while they still exist.

• Anodized aluminum base plate with integral sheave brackets
• Anodized aluminum sheaves w/ bronze bushings
• Stainless steel cotter and clevis pins

This part fits the following boats that used the old mild steel bracket:
• Catalina 28
• Catalina 30 (starting with hull #4726 in September 1986)
• Sheave diameters: 4"
• Width, base plate: 7-15/16"
• Length, base plate: 8-3/16"
• Fastener spacing, center to center: 6" fore and aft and athwartships
• Rigging pins (double hole): 3/8" x 1-5/16" grip x 1-3/4" LOA
• Depth below mounting surface (without steering cables installed): ~4-1/8"
• Notch for engine control cables / electronics: ~3/4" x 1-1/4"
1) If your Catalina 30 was built before 1986, you must inspect your boat to discover which steering system is in use. Prior to 1986, wheel steering was optional on the Catalina 30. If the original buyer ordering the optional wheel steering, Catalina typically used Edson's Pull-Pull Conduit system. But many pedestal steering systems were retrofitted by owners who upgraded from tiller steering to pedestal steering. In that case, many owners used the superior cable and cross wire idler system. If that is the case, see the crossed wire idler listed below under "May we also suggest".

2) Some owners report the overall width or length of the of the mounting plate must be trimmed to fit their installation.

3) This item does not conform to the shipping table in the Shopping Cart. Additional shipping must be calculated. When you place your order we always call with a shipping quote before billing your card. For a quote in advance, just call 800/959-7245.

4) Color of anodized plate may vary from batch to batch, from gray, smoke gray, or black.

Technical Support

Pedestal Steering Installation Details
Steering system example, C-28, C-30 1989 ->
Pedestal Steering Overview
Steering system with idler highlighted (Example: C- 28, C-30 1989 ->)