My family and were heading home from our vacation up the coast of California and decided go through Sacramento and head down the 99 to Bakersfield. Mojave is just over the Tehachapi Mountains from Bakersfield so my wife likes to frequent this area.
The Sacramento area has many canals and river areas that are a part of the Sacramento Delta that all seem to lead to the ocean. This entire area is quite popular with boaters. I decided to hit my favorite boat wrecking yard, Shipwreck Marine in Rancho Cordova to dig through the trinkets in their lobby. They have buckets upon buckets of all sorts of fittings and boat parts.
As I was paying for my purchase, I looked up and saw steering wheels hanging from the ceiling in the back. Low and behold there was a nice black steering wheel with the Glasspar logo in the center. It had a 3/4" taper which is fairly standard so I asked the guy how much. He replied "$20" so I did not hesitate to get my wallet back out again.
When I first purchased my del Mar in 1999, it had a rack steering system that was crammed in the steering console. The console was not made for anything bigger than a rotary steering system but I could never afford a new system. I managed all these years to stick with the rack but had nothing but problems. When I picked up the second del Mar for parts a year ago, it had a nice Teleflex rotary steering but the wheel was very decayed from the sun and not usable. I have been looking for a steering wheel for some time now and this is the final piece in the puzzle.
If you are ever in the Sacramento area, stop by and see the guys at Shipwreck Marine in Rancho Cordova. If you are too far away to drive in, check out their website and give them a call. The owner states that they don't charge 6 prices for shipping like others do so buying over the phone is a good route to go as well.
This is my official advertising plug for these friendly guys in Central California.