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    Default Jetboat throttle maintenance recommendation

    I have a 94 Jetcraft inboard with the American Turbine jet drive. The single throttle lever sticks and is difficult to get into neutral (but the trottle works fine in forward/reverse). In addition, the steering is very heavy so I'm thinking I need new steering cables. Does anyone have any recommendations on someone reputable and qualified to look into this. I live in Wasilla.
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    Gary at Greatland Welding on the PW might help. He builds boats and would be very familiar with such a system.
    Great guy to work with.
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    The two times I have been around boats with hard steering were both from worn cables. It was explained to me that they will wear a groove and then begin to bind. No help but to replace them. Not too vey difficult unless of course your cables run under your floor or something. Brought in the cable and the boat guy ordered another one. Took just a few days to get it in. An hour to replace at home.

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    What shop did you use to order the replacement? If its only an hour (plus one for inexperience) that doesn't sound too horrible.
    Thanks for the reply.

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    Professional Marine in Anchorage. I am sure there are others that are good too. They do a lot of jet boat stuff.

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    I have lubed my cables with very good success.
    Pull them from the boat
    Take a plastic baggie and put some ATF in it
    Tape the baggie over the end of the cable so it can't leak
    Hang from a tree or other tall object assuring the baggie is above the top of the cable
    Place drain pan under other end
    Once fluid has run through the cable work the cable back and forth

    Worth a try - minimal expense and a lot cheaper than a new cable if it works

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