Broken rudder cable repair

8 years 11 months ago - 8 years 11 months ago #8548 by Kayaker Greg
Inspired by a fellow club members predicament when his rudder cable broke in big waves last night I have made this emergency repair system out of 4mm elastic bungy cord. Simply tie into a loop, create another smaller loop with a knot to loop around the the end of the ski, attach to the same side of the rudder lever as the good cable in any manner of simple ways, see pics for easiest methods, the tension has to be such to pull the rudder back when you release pressure from the rudder pedal, then you can steer with one foot as per normal.
The elastic loop is best left either in the front of the ski tied to something or tied to the rear bungys so that you are sure to have it when needed.
No ski modifications needed.

OK for some reason the pics are not loading but I will keep working on this.
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8 years 11 months ago - 8 years 11 months ago #8549 by Kayaker Greg
OK, not sure why but I can't upload the photos, sorry.

Can someone please try this link, not sure if it will allow people to see the pics on my facebook page or not.

www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.171183...&type=1&l=aa49eda462

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8 years 11 months ago - 8 years 11 months ago #8550 by Rightarmbad
Yep, works for me.

Good idea.

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8 years 11 months ago #8551 by Rightarmbad
Yep, works for me.

Good idea.

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8 years 11 months ago #8552 by Rightarmbad
Doubly good it seems. How did that happen?

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8 years 11 months ago #8560 by AR_convert
Gold star!!! Simple, cheap & effective! Certainly a predicament I wouldn't like to find myself in offshore. One of our guys had his rudder let go in flat water and it was comical seeing him try to keep it moving straight without any wind or waves acting on the ski.

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8 years 11 months ago #8561 by Rightarmbad
I can sympathize.
I once paddled a V10 sport all the way up Tallie creek when the girl that was paddling it broke it's rudder clean off and was struggling to control it so we swapped.

Follow the path of the independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that are important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.--- Thomas J. Watson

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8 years 11 months ago #8563 by [email protected]
KG: Fantastic! All this nonsense of drilling holes into a ski to connect a bungee is rubbish. I'd give this a 10/10 - as opposed to your pdf-mast-light idea ;)

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8 years 11 months ago #8565 by Geofff
Outstanding; thanks! I recently had to paddle 8k's without any rudder so I'm keen to do anything to prevent something like that happening again. As an aside, I was quite surprised (thinking about it I shouldn't have been) how much stability the rudder gives.

If you feel like a laugh at my stupidity, have a look at the below video from 6:30 on.

www.youtube.com/gpaddling#p/u/6/GgeeSMe2U5s

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8 years 11 months ago - 8 years 11 months ago #8568 by Hiro
Replied by Hiro on topic Re: Broken rudder cable repair
I use a rubber strip (cut from a bike inner tube) to do the trick.

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8 years 11 months ago #8571 by Boof Head
I lost control of my right hand foot pedal about halfway through Sunday's King of the Coast. A very difficult chore to the finish. The rope /knot slipped but with my right leg pushing hard against the footplate and my toes fully extended to keep enough pressure on the pedal I finished. Lots of broaching and multiple swampings, leg cramp and a dunking. Hard yards. Looking forward to checking out your solution when I can get access to facebook.
cheers

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8 years 11 months ago #8574 by owenw
Simple, cheap, effective - nothing more to say

Life truly lived is full of risk; to fence out risk is to fence out life itself

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8 years 10 months ago #8896 by Paddle Lennox
Checked link - all good many thanks.

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8 years 10 months ago #9111 by jo.rademeyer
Great! Making one for my river k1 too, clever okes surfski'ers are!

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