Steering on a 1927 Chris Craft

by Jay Davis

I have a 1927 26' tri cockpit chris craft.

The steering is extremely difficult to use, have put new grease in the steering box and made sure the steering linkage was free and lubricated.

Is there a bushing in the steering column or is there something else I could look to to fix the problem.

Thanks in advance for any infornmation

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Oct 08, 2015
by: Boyce Printup

Magnificent process!
Great website.

May 22, 2014
response to steering question
by: Jay Davis

Great Ideas.

The steering is tight the moment you begin to turn the wheel, almost seems like a bind and once you get past that the steering is manageable.

But each time you begin to steer, the bind comes back in.

Do believe the steering shaft has at least one bushing in it and possibly two.

Did drop the arm to the rudder and the problem still exist.

Wonder if there is anyway to lubricate the interior of the shaft without removimg the steering wheel!

May 21, 2014
What model CC
by: Larry

Don't be a wimp. She's 87 years old.

Just kidding you.

The steering on our Chris Craft was a two arm job.

It turned out to be a couple things.

It would help to know what model CC you have.

On ours it was :
a) The bearing at the bottom of the steering arm was frozen, and b) mineral (spelled salt) buildup inside the rudder shaft packing boxes.

Like the last response, I would say disconnect the linkage at the rudder end and see if wheel turns easier.

One word of caution, make sure and tie up the free end of the linkage so it can't drop between the frames.

You would actually have enough force in the steering to damage a frame if it hung up.

Also, if your model has a long shaft on the steering box that runs down from helm down to the bilge, make sure the pivot bearing on the lower end is bolted securely.

If not, you will have hard steering because the shaft is bound, as well sloppy steering, meaning you have as much as a round on the wheel before the rudders move at all.

Hope this helps.

May 21, 2014
Hope this helps.
by: Anonymous

Disconnect the steering. Then try moving the rudder.Hope this helps.

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response to steering problems on a 1927 CC

by Jay Davis

Thank all of you for your input, problem was found at the bottom of the steering column where the bushing was driven into the shaft and therefore restricted the movement of the steering rod.

We honed out the bearing and steering improved 90 percent.

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