I have a 2004(?) pintail with a cable skeg that has become kinked. I have a spare cable, and I’m sure I could muck my way through the replacement, but I’m wondering if anyone has experience replacing one? I checked Bryan Nystrom’s shots but didn’t see anything on skeg replacement.
If it’s the same skeg system as on the Avocets of that same year, it’s pretty simple.
- There’s a set screw on the skeg slider…loosen it so that it no longer grips the steel skeg cable.
- Then pull the skeg down (it will come down farther than normal, and bring the cable with it.)
- The cable attaches to the skeg with a set screw…remove that and pull the cable out completely.
- Make sure the skeg slider is in the forward (UP) position.
- Then feed the new cable up through the bottom of the skeg box and feeds through the skeg slider.
- Reattach the end to the skeg and tighten the set screw.
- Push the whole skeg up (slowly, so as not to kink the cable) until it’s in it’s non-deployed position
- Then tighten the set screw on the slider.
That’s it. It should take you less time than it took me to type this out!
Yup, that’ll do it
Thanks for the great instructions. and it was easy!
Sorry, but I’m afraid it’s unrepairable. I’ll give you a couple hundred to take it off your hands though, OK?
(Joking, obviously - been watching for a used Pintail/keyhole for a year within driving distance…)
Also lubricate the cable periodically …
I use a silicone spray. You migth want to squirt a bit into each end of the housing before you insert the new skeg wire.
I know, not for purists, but I was surprised to find out that I fit very well into one of the newer keyhole versions (6’-1", 225 and falling).