bought it, huh? congrats!
i just replaced mine a couple mos ago - $145 from skidim.com. it takes the 17' cable. it was stiff most of last season, and then the first time i took it out this year you could barely turn it with BOTH hands. new cable totally fixed the problem.
also, check out the steering linkage under the engine. mine was rubbing back & forth against a brace in the 'glass, and the rubber seal on the end of the cable wouldn't stay in place. the mount screws are longer than they needed to be, so i put some nuts under the aluminum angle to hold it up higher so the cable wouldn't rub. also there was no center bilge drain, so water sat in my bilge all the time. i put a drain plug in the ski locker too. haven't had it out much yet, but should be a lot better, and the bilge stays totally dry now.