Return to
Hobie Forums
It is currently Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:26 am

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]

Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2021 12:04 pm 
Site Rank - Deck Hand

Joined: Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:15 am
Posts: 7
I have a 2004 Outback that has only had the strings to the rudder controls tied back together. Thus, they are now too short and our boat mechanic used a fishing equivalent to a zip tie to extend them. Now the kayak is having trouble steering to the right. My wife said that the rudder appears to rise up some when I turn the rudder to the right but this does not happen when the kayak is out of the water. However, when adjusting the strings there does not seem to be a means to have all the strings tight. Either the string that goes to the bottom of the rudder is loose or you cannot raise the rudder. I am wondering if there is a spring or something inside the kayak that allows all the strings to be tight? Or, should I somehow adjust the strings so the rudder is held in place when down and forget about raising it since I simply roll the kayak down to and into the water and invert the wheels so the rudder does not really need to be raised.

I looked for the kit described in the Hobie 2005 "Steering and Control Line Replacement Kit Instructions for Mirage or Tandem Mirage" that I have and I could not find the kit. I think the old part number is 80020001 which is called "Rudder Line Replacement Kit Universal" but when I look for sale I only find the Up/Down line system kit 81391002 and no steering kit.

This old kayak is not worth spending a lot of money on parts. However, labor in Mexico is cheap and so is having a part custom made. There are also only 2 of us and we have 3 Hobie Mirage kayaks so this kayak does not need to be used very often.

Any suggestions?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2021 1:19 pm 
Site Rank - Old Salt

Joined: Thu Dec 10, 2009 2:40 pm
Posts: 1259
Hobie has been using Spectra line....high tech fishing line that you can buy in a sporting goods store.
I think something around 100 pound strength rating should work no problem.

You just need to tie good knot's so it won't slip. There are a couple of "how to tie" knots you can find on the internet.

Hood River, OR

Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Jump to:  
© Hobie Cat Company. All rights reserved.
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group