Got a kink in the skeg cable first trip out in my new Avocet. Am baffled on access and best approach. Don't think I can get my head and an arm through the hatch. Tried Valley Kayaks. No reply. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. !! Thanks, Nani.
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Posted by: Dgremlin on Apr-09-13 5:04 PM (EST)
Can you actually see a kink in the line? My skeg seemed to be jammed on my last outing but when I beached the boat and turned it over, I just had a small rock jammed between the skeg and skeg box. If it actually has a kink I would think you would have to disconnect one end and try to pull it through. (I'm no expert on skegs though...just a thought.)
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Posted by: brodie on Apr-09-13 5:48 PM (EST)
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Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-09-13 5:55 PM (EST)
Posted by: acadia on Apr-10-13 9:47 AM (EST)
The Kayak Academy folk recommend lubricating the cable with WD40. I thought that any lubrication would just attract sand and grit. Thoughts?
Posted by: brodie on Apr-10-13 9:08 PM (EST)
WD-40 is greasy and attracts dirt and grit - not what you want in your skeg cable. If the cable is fine, the cable housing isn't loose somewhere along its length, and there isn't a rock in the skeg box, and it's still sticky, you can lubricate the cable with graphite or a dry lubricant such as McLube (available at boating stores like West Marine) or a teflon spray.
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Posted by: Peter-CA on Apr-09-13 11:40 PM (EST)
A thread on a different board.