Replacement parts for older surf ski

4 years 11 months ago #26504 by thorofareken
How difficult is it to repair or get parts for older surf skis that are no longer in production and the manufacturer is no longer in business? For instance, if the foot pedals were damaged or the rudder was damaged, would there be no way to have the boat fixed? Are there universal parts for foot pedals or rudder assemblies?

Are there any other parts of a surf ski that would require oem support? I imagine that the hull in general could be repaired by any boat repair specialist, but I am concerned about proprietary parts that are not available any longer.

Thanks for any insight.

Ken

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4 years 11 months ago #26507 by photofr
There is nothing that humans have built that:
a) cannot be broken
b) cannot be open
c) cannot be fixed or replaced by building new parts

You risk nothing, expect perhaps spending a little more money for repairs/rebuilding broken parts - but even that is usually pretty simple of a task.

Ludovic
(Brittany, France)

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4 years 11 months ago #26512 by Nige
Hi Ken,
You will find that many components such as rudders and pedals can be substituted with those from another manufacturer with only slight modifications.

There are so many rudder styles and designs around that finding one to fit is really not a major problem. As for pedals, they are generally pretty easy to repair or replace with home built units.

So the fact that backup support from a ski manufacturer is no longer available isn't really a big issue if you find a good secondhand bargain out there.

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4 years 11 months ago #26513 by thorofareken
Thanks for the input guys...appreciate it.

Ken

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4 years 11 months ago #26514 by Hiro
I broke my Fenn's rudder. I live in French Polynesia (lucky me), and could not find a Fenn rudder here. I just put a Nelo one, had to change the cross piece that the cable connect to, but that's an easy job. Also had a friend who broke pedals. He just made some with fiberglass and bought stainless steel hinges from a hardware store. As Photofr said, anything can be fixed or repaired.

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