The weather gods gave a gift this weekend; sun, no small craft warnings, and air temps in the 40s. My Samba has been stashed outdoors on the screened back porch since 10/29. It’s been kept on the dock here at home and I paddled it that day before bringing it up to the house. My favorite kayak’s at the pool for the winter. Air temps have been in the 20s at night a number of times.
Before loading the kayak, I checked the skeg operation and it would only go down halfway. It worked fine previously and I had hosed out the skeg box when I brought the boat up for winter storage. I could see nothing inside the skeg box to interfere with it. Sprayed some T-9 on the slider control, but it was still balky. Attached a pull string, just in case.
After I launched, the slider wouldn’t slide at all. Back to shore, flipped the boat over and pulled out the skeg using the string, then put the kayak back in the water.
Paddled for about 15 minutes and when I tried the slider again, it worked and the skeg moved up and down with no issues. I’m baffled.
I have the kayak in my living room for the night. The cable looks fine; no kinks or misalignment and the skeg box looks clean. Skeg operates normally.
Anything else I should check? 303 the skeg?