Nelo 550 Rudder cable fraying

1 month 2 weeks ago #37268 by JohnK
Hoping someone can offer some advice on how to deal with a rudder cable fraying on a 550. The cable appears to rub just a few centietres into the ski in the cockpit where the cable enters the black plastic. is this common? can the plastic be removed to check? 

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1 month 2 weeks ago #37270 by tve
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Got a photo?
You're saying it frays inside the tube?

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1 month 2 weeks ago #37271 by JohnK
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Hi TVE,
Yes it is rubbing against something inside the ski. I was wondering if the tube is disconnected and the edge is cutting into the cable. It has always been like this and I have moved it forawrd once and cut off the frayed section.
I can feel it when I apply pressure to the pedal.
cheers
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1 month 2 weeks ago #37272 by tve
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You can easily check whether there is a problem with the tube attachment: make sure the boat is dry inside (nothing comes out the vent hole); then take a hose and send water into the tube from the rudder (rear) end. The water should come out by the seat. Then check whether the boat took on water inside.

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1 month 2 weeks ago #37284 by JohnK
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Thank you TVE, I will give that a try this evening. It has always been dry inside as far as I know so that is promising.

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1 month 2 weeks ago #37307 by JohnK
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Hi Tve,

I tried sending water up the tube and it arrives in the bucket but nothing going into the ski.
I will need to remove the black plastic to see what is going on. It is becoming more difficult to push the pedal.
If anyone know how to remove the plastic I would be grateful.
Cheers

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1 month 2 weeks ago #37308 by tve
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Something I've found is that after a bit over a year the salt that gets into the tubes made the cord stiffer and the rudder harder to move. I had to change the adjustment blocks so I put new cords in and the rudder became a lot easier to actuate. I wonder whether some fresh water perhaps with something to soften the salt crust might help you.

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1 month 1 week ago #37310 by JohnK
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TVE,
I have tried that flushing the tube but it hasn't helped unfortunately. I think the only way to go is to remove the black plastic piece to see what is going on. I have asked Nelo to suggest a repair shop some time ago but have not received any answer.
Cheers

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