Full disclosure: I am faaaarr from an expert. In fact, I consider myself a beginner/almost-intermediate paddler (even though I attempted the Yukon River Quest in a tandem kayak—we had to scratch due to faulty rental gear). Anyhow, I got tired of renting and borrowing sea kayaks—especially since they didn’t fit my short legs—so I bought my first boat: a Boreal Designs Ellesmere. The skeg bungee and deck bungees were worn out and the skeg was very sluggish in deploying, so today I replaced the bungees. Before I started, I perused the forum here and found tons of helpful info (specifically from users jeffro, Peter_K, wilsoj2, system, and bowler1). So, thank you!
Here are a few photos of the process.
Old, worn-out bungee.
I cut the old bungee, turned the kayak over, and worked the skeg out slowly so I could see how everything was connected. Added new bungee and cleaned up the grime.
I had a hard time getting the second end of the bungee through the hole, so I tied a small string to it, dropped that through, and pulled on it. Voila!
Turned the boat back over and clamped the bungee in place while testing the skeg rope to see how tight the bungee should be before I tied it off. I’m not sure if I got it right, but next time I put the boat in the water, I’ll know.
And I tied a small bit of bright orange twine to the skeg rope near the cleat so when I’m paddling, I can see if it’s retracted all the way or if I need to jerk on the line even harder.