Yacht Specialties Pedestal Problems

mizunoman101

New Member
We own a 1984 E-35 Mark 3. The base of the pedestal has developed a crack in a small section of the base and the Aluminum is flaking away in that area. This problem was evident when we purchased the boat, but at that time it did not appear to be in need of replacement. We cleaned out as much of the flaking aluminum as possible, ground it out and filled it with an aluminum based epoxy and painted it with Edson White. The base is still very sturdy, and there is no movement at all in the Pedestal, but it is probably only a matter of time before replacement is required. I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem, and if so..... have you noticed any other parts of the Pedestal Steering suffering from age related problems..? We have found a number of Used Rebuilt Edson Pedestals on Ebay, but trying to figure out if anything or any parts are compatible between the two manufacturers is not easy... Thanks in advance for your input... :cool:
 

Christian Williams

E381 - Los Angeles
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Blogs Author
Sounds good for a while to me, unless you're going offshore.

Aluminum pedestal welding doesn't work very well, but a radical base corrosion can be sleeved. Used pedestals are hard to find and YS/Merriman made several with very subtle differences making on-line ordering and shipping risky for a very bulky object.

 

Cory B

Member III
If you get serious about replacement, you can check out second-hand marine stores. You can contact a lot of them online. Just make sure the hole pattern in the bottom is exactly the same. That is how we found a replacement Y/S pedestal 10+ years ago. The rest of the pedestal seems pretty solid, and we have had no issues. Common wear parts like chains and bushings can be sourced if needed.

And I think Christian is right that it is nothing urgent unless you are planning on doing serious offshore work.

We own a 1984 E-35 Mark 3. The base of the pedestal has developed a crack in a small section of the base and the Aluminum is flaking away in that area. This problem was evident when we purchased the boat, but at that time it did not appear to be in need of replacement. We cleaned out as much of the flaking aluminum as possible, ground it out and filled it with an aluminum based epoxy and painted it with Edson White. The base is still very sturdy, and there is no movement at all in the Pedestal, but it is probably only a matter of time before replacement is required. I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem, and if so..... have you noticed any other parts of the Pedestal Steering suffering from age related problems..? We have found a number of Used Rebuilt Edson Pedestals on Ebay, but trying to figure out if anything or any parts are compatible between the two manufacturers is not easy... Thanks in advance for your input... :cool:
 

Christian Williams

E381 - Los Angeles
Moderator
Blogs Author
Just make sure the hole pattern in the bottom is exactly the same.

And that the holes on top are the same, and the overall height, and the exact diameter of both tube and brake housing. Photos are not enough, don't ask me how I know.
 

mizunoman101

New Member
Thank you for the insight. Yes, we have thought the same thing about replacement. The repair looks OK, and the Pedestal Guard is rock solid... .. Since it would be an expensive replacement (especially if we cannot find an exact used replacement)... we are probably going to just keep an eye on it , and all associated parts... OH, and Christian, we have enjoyed your video travels...
 
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