An interesting way I've improved the steering on the PA. Even after installing the upgrade steering drum issues still pursued, so I needed a fix; especially fishing hard in the salt day and night. I put about two hours into solving the steering issues taking everything apart,seat as well. It seemed there was always excess noise and tension while on the water, and the steering even with the upgrade was not a vast improvement. I used a stethoscope to locate the noise and area of friction. There was noise inside the steering drum, I took it apart and noticed where the plastic was rubbing; I then added WD-40 to the center of the housing.Put everything back together and moved on to other places of friction. The second spot was behind the seat where the cables run into the hull, this spot could not be modified; the cables run individually through their own plastic housing. The last place of noise was the rudder itself. I sprayed the rudder shaft with the WD-40 and then tested it out on the saltwater. The difference was mindblowing. Everything ran smooth,the steering was 100%
better, there was still a slight little noise but a vast improvement overall. It's a pleasure now with the steering, and where the WD-40 sits it's out of harms way with dirt build up concerning sand or salt. I've had the PA out fishing hard the past two weeks night and day, the steering issue has been resolved. It's an easy fix with no mods. If anyone needs pics I can take stuff back apart, but it's pretty straight forward on this one. There will be a noticeable difference if you try this believe me.
Anyhow, I'm back to cleaning fish at the moment; owning a PA it's a way of life....that is catching and cleaning fish.
Since I'm not always on the forums, it's best to email me direct if you need help; I'm always there to help. MJ.firstname.lastname@example.org