what kind of steering does Hunter sailboats use?

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May 21, 2004
Hunter 31_83-87 Milwaukee South Shore Yacht Club
Specifically, 1987 Hunter 31

I am interested in the Lewmar folding wheel and they have two kinds. One for Lewmar/Whitlock wheels with a tapered hub and an Edson type with a parallel hub. Does anyone know what kind of steering Hunter sailboats used?

Thanks, Rip


Sep 24, 1997
Hunter 31_83-87 Middle River, Md
The "hub" on my '86 has non-tapered threads. Hope this helps.:)
Jan 22, 2008
Hunter 29.5 Gloucester, VA
I just put a Lewmar folding wheel on my 29.5. It comes with adapters to fit either tapered or parallel shafts. Mine was an Edson 1" parallel shaft, I believe that is the standard.
Nov 6, 2006
Hunter 34 Mandeville Louisiana
Yes, the steering is Merriman and the company is out of business.. but the shaft is 1"and not tapered.
I downloaded some Merriman steering detail to this site .. Under "Boat info", Click on "Downloads, General Info" and go down to Merriman.. Does not mention the wheel, but there is a lot of other good info..
May 21, 2004
Hunter 31_83-87 Milwaukee South Shore Yacht Club
Thanks for the info

I appreciate the responses. It is exactly what I needed to know.
Oct 29, 2005
Hunter Marine 326 303 Singapore
From what I know, if you buy the Lewmar folding wheel from chandlers, you'll get both parallel and taper hub. If you get from Hunter Marine, it'll be taper. Got mine from Hunter.
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