New to Bennington, and pontoons


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Chippewa Twp. Pa.
Hi all, I just purchased a 2002 Bennington 2275 RL last week. It is in great shape, and spent 4 days of vacation on the lake with it. Had an absolute great time as I have had 2 deck boats in the past but have always wanted a pontoon for the extra room. It has a 2003 Mercury 125 2 stroke on it and I was pleasantly surprised at just how quiet that motor is.

I do have a couple questions/problems I would like to get straightened out if anybody can help lead me in the direction of what I need to do.

First is the steering. I was told by the PO (previous owner....79 years old)it had hydraulic steering. I do not think it is as what I see looks to be a simple heavy cable, not any hydraulic lines or reservoir anywhere. Anyway, especially at low speeds I am feeling a pulse in the wheel and it is a very jerky turning situation, not smooth at all. To me it feels like a car that is either low on fluid, or a bad rack in it. What type of steering did this boat come with, mechanical or hydraulic? What can I do to smooth out that jerky hard/easy feeling at low speeds?

Second is the throttle. Again, not smooth at all. Very tight or sticky making for small changes in speed very difficult. On my other boats the throttle was very smooth, this one you almost have to bump hit it to move it rather then just pushing it. Can I take apart the unit at the helm and lubricate, or things start flying apart if I take the cover off and start messing around in there?


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White Lake, MI
1. it seems like the previous owner was wrong about the steering. You should lube that cable at the engine end, there should be grease fittings you can get to when the engine is trimed down. Turn the steering so that the bar is all the way in otherwise you may add too much grease and not be able to turn to full lock. If your steering is still bad you will need to replace the cable, not a hard job if you are handy.

2. The shift and throttle cables can be lubed, but I would replace them. It is somewhat harder than a steering cable, and yes there are loose parts in the remote control. Getting 9 to 10 years out of these cables is not bad.