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FX15 Tandem rudder replacement parts?


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#1 chronchameleon

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 03:47 PM

I got my Ultimate FX 15 tandem a few months ago from Austin Kayak. They had a slightly used one with the rudder kit for the same price as a brand new one without the rudder kit, so I went with the used one. I've used it a handful of times since getting it and during my last use I noticed a problem with my rudder: the black plastic part that the long pin goes through to hold the rudder to the bracket on the boat was cracked and a piece fell off. The rudder still works but it's much more wobbly now. I have definitely not hit anything with the rudder and I remove it every time it transport the boat. I suspect it was damaged during shipping since the rudder was on the boat when it arrived, but just wasn't noticeable. I contacted Austin Kayak to see if they had parts, they didn't and said I would have to replace the rudder kit ($300, NOPE). I asked them to contact Native to see if they could get a part through their rep and Native's answer was also to replace the whole thing, which is quite frankly--ridiculous. It is clearly a part that can be replaced--it's held in place by 2 small alan key screws.

 

SO, looks like I'm gonna rig something up myself. Just wondering if anyone else has had the same issue and what you did to fix it.

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#2 boykinsbuddy

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 08:54 PM

If you are handy with tools, I would see about getting some of the set screws from a fastening company, then figure out how to possibly cut the top broken piece off and add another screw to the bottom end. Then get a piece of Starboard from Ebay and cut out a new top piece and drill it. Add another set screw to the top to secure. The other thing you could try is to get a piece of aluminum plate and cut it to the same width as the top of that plastic and then secure it to the plastic with a couple of screws...drill a hole though it to align with the pin hole.


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#3 chronchameleon

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 03:15 PM

If you are handy with tools, I would see about getting some of the set screws from a fastening company, then figure out how to possibly cut the top broken piece off and add another screw to the bottom end. Then get a piece of Starboard from Ebay and cut out a new top piece and drill it. Add another set screw to the top to secure. The other thing you could try is to get a piece of aluminum plate and cut it to the same width as the top of that plastic and then secure it to the plastic with a couple of screws...drill a hole though it to align with the pin hole.

 

Yeah, I'll probably rig something up eventually. For now it's still working ok. I was just a bit disappointed that it didn't last long but on the other had it was used. The plastic just seems really brittle for such an expensive add-on.






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