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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:32 am 
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I say that this is the proper attachment of steering lines:

- Lines joined so that one coming loose does not result in the line maybe retracting into the bowels of the hull
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- Lines secured under the screws by a washer pressing down
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipP ... JaRW5TYzBR

But on the replacement rudder assembly I recently received:
- Lines are not joined, with obvious consequence if one comes loose.
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- Lines are "Secured" by just a single half-hitch under the screws - and without any washer
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipP ... JaRW5TYzBR

This seems pretty egregious to me - albeit not very difficult to correct once the user catches on to what's happening.

But am I the only one?

Maybe Greater Minds Than Mine have determined that the new way is actually safe?

Or maybe the "New" rudder is really a very old rudder and Hobie has corrected things since it went into the retailer's inventory.

Yes, the new rudder is not installed on an AI...But that sailing OC-1 was calling out for a more substantial/functional rudder. ... https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipM ... ymy7iheEVz

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:54 pm 
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Replacement rudders are not "finished" as a boat would be. This attachment is done in the boat assembly area.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:57 pm 
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mmiller wrote:
Replacement rudders are not "finished" as a boat would be. This attachment is done in the boat assembly area.

So: Is it safe or not?

If not, is anybody going to clue those guys in ?

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:49 am 
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You can't use Google to post photos. The urls won't work after a while.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:46 am 
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This is my setup at the rudder housing:

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I've drilled a hole in the wings of the rudder, threaded the rudder lines through and tied them off. Then I've used 2 SS screws to attach an aluminum extender to each side of the rudder housing. To these extenders, I've attached external rudder control lines, just in case something happens to the internal lines.

You can read a little more about it here: https://www.hobie.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=70&t=7276&start=915

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