Cable Replacement

Just started a second cable replacement on a 5 year old boat. I was starting to feed the new cable into place when I realized that the cable housing/guide had broken/cracked inside the hull, no easy way to feed the new cable through from front to back. 20/20 hindsight I should have used the old cable as a guide but didn't realize the tube housing had failed. Any recommndations on how to get a new cable fed through or am I sc@#*wed?


Submitted by Surfside on Wed, 08/16/2006 - 7:02am

The cables have worn through the housing and into the hull in a few places on my boat. Does anyone have suggestions for how they fixed this in the past? A few of us have had this problem with a certain well-known boat. We're experimenting with ways to fit it but I'm curious if anyone else has come up with fix.

#1 Wed, 08/16/2006 - 7:24am

Here's what I did. I got dental floss and a vacuum. I fed the floss into one end and use the vacuum to suck it through. Then tied the floss to the cable and pulled it back through.

To fix the actual housing? I think you need to open up the boat. But I am talking about something I know nothing about.

Let me know if the floss things works. I surprised myself when it worked for me.

#2 Wed, 08/16/2006 - 1:01pm

I have made several repairs on canoes with worn out tubing. Not as bad as one would think, and no opening of the boat is required.

  1. Pull the tubing out of the canoe. If possible. It may break. That is OK. Don't worry about any pieces that fall into the canoe.
  2. Drill out the rear holes making them a bit wider than the tubing.
  3. Using fishing line. (light test is better than heavy) Add some small weights to the line. and put the weights into the front holes.
  4. with the help of a friend stand the boat up on its tail. Let the line fall to just past the rear holes. Using a small wire, chop stick whatever or anything you can find make a small barb on the end, position the boat so you can hook the line. The weights help you know where the line is as they touch the canoe.
  5. Pull the fishing line out of teh rear holes
  6. lay your boat down
  7. Tie the front end of the lfishing line to the new tubing. (all it is is standard irrigation tubing from Home Depot)
  8. Pull the tubing thru the boat and out the back. Tape the front and back to the boat. Using resin, or west marines 5200 glue. seal the tubes in place.
  9. Once dried. cut the tubes to length and run your new cables.
    10.You have worked hard and saved yourself a couple hundred bucks and not cut into the boat. Get yourself a beer you deserve it.

#3 Tue, 08/29/2006 - 7:20pm

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