Rudder cables

Where's the closes place from Waianae that sells rudder cables?

Submitted by SyrusG on Wed, 06/25/2008 - 8:58pm

Do you just need the cables?

I bought some wire-rope similar to what is used for rudder cables at the City Mill at Waianae Mall. Need to look by the stuff to hang picture frames/paintings on walls. The one I got was around 9-10 ft long and I used it to repair the steering rudder on an old twogood ocean kayak.

Measure the length of the cable on your OC1 and buy some long enough to do the job.

Bought some heat shrink tubing and the cable ferrules there also. Used some crimpers from my fishing tackle to crimp the ferrules.

#1 Thu, 06/26/2008 - 5:28am

Make sure to check that whatever you get is stainless. Home Depot, Lowe's, and other hardware stores usually don't have stainless. A good place to start is a fishing supply store, they use stainless steel line for their leaders and it's the same cable boat builders use for their cabling. Another option is Spectra. It's a 1/4 or less the weight of the stainless steel line, pretty much just as reliable, but the stainless line itself (at the 20 or so feet you'll need) only totals around 2-3 ounces, so that might be a little nitpicky.

#2 Thu, 06/26/2008 - 6:26am

FFkino is right, the stuff at any hardware store is probably not stainless and is going to rust fast and bad. It'll do bad things to your boat and soon fail probably when you're in the middle of a smokin HI Kai run.

Fishing stores carry the right cable. They also sell the crimps that go with it. I just bought a whole spool of the stuff for like 20 bucks. It'll last your lifetime. Isn't there a fishing store out in Waianae? They might have some.


#4 Thu, 06/26/2008 - 8:47am

Even better for cables is spectra sailing cord. Very similar to what is used on the hurricane. Can be bought at all yachting shops. We usually use 2mm. This has zero stretch, very light and easy to work with.

#5 Thu, 06/26/2008 - 11:53am

The ones I bought were stainless as I made sure since they were going to be used on a ocean going craft. It wasn't the cheap generic wire-rope for hanging pictures as they were exactly the same strand type that I see on most OC1's including my Fusion.

As for Fishing Stores here in Waianae, I haven't looked around to see where they are still at or have moved to. Been away from the Islands for a long time stationed on the Mainland and just got back in April.

I was looking at the spectra cables used on the Hurricanes and I may have to look into getting some when it's time to replace the cables on my OC1. That is if I just don't go with getting the replacement ones directly from OC.

#6 Thu, 06/26/2008 - 8:24pm

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