So that all are aware, if you haven't heard already, Native has made an inline change in their rudder cables.
First, the original cables:
• The original cables were sourced and ones used by a number of manufactures and were a stiffer makeup than the newest ones.
• These cables usually failed over longer use, however some more prematurely.
• Usually, failures occurred at the points in which the cables encounter an angle, such as the control handle, or the crimping of the cable, either the control handle or the rudder itself.
• Generally speaking, a rudder cable is a wearable item, typically not covered under warranty.
• Early failure can increase by a few factors, such as too tight of tension play on the rudder control handle or on some models the rear rudder control disc.
• No scientific tests (known) have been conducted on potential negative effects of some of the larger aftermarket rudders on the cables, however it stand to reason that there is at least the possibility that they can can additional stress to the cables.
• The newer ones have approximately the same diameter and same tensile strength but are more flexible.
• This should lessen crimp and flex kinks in the cable, extending their life.
• Frequently inspect cable connections for wear.
• Inspect control points for proper tightness.
• Lubing the cable is not required however if you do a dry lube tends to attack less dust, grit etc. which would likely cause more wear.
• As with any mechanical device it’s advisable to carry repair tools as well as have a spare cable on-hand. Although on-water repair is unlikely, you should be able to steer with a paddle to shore for repair, lessening your downtime.
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