Last night I mounted the 50 HP Mercury outboard on the Ken Bassett designed Rascal runabout and luckily, all 4 holes lined up! The good news is that the steering cable clears the deck when it extends fully. See below:
The bad news is that there is no way the steering cable will enter through the side of the motor well, due to the relatively small size of the motor well and the height of the cable connection point above the motor well sidewall. See pictures below:
The steering cable instructions recommend bends of no less than 8" radius. I want to avoid running the cable across the deck and entering into the top of the coverboard. Can I do a more abrupt bend and have the cable enter as soon as possible? If I do a tighter bend than 8" radius, will it cause problems? Any ideas on how to make this a better looking transition through the deck? I also want to avoid a transverse slot because I don't want to cut through any battens (located directly below seams). Any ideas to make this as good looking and safe as possible are appreciated. Thanks in advance.