I have a Hurricane that I purchased in 2005, it is the model that has the Spectra cables that run completely through the inside of the boat (unlike the previous model where the cable would be visible at the tail near the rudder). I am wondering, if one of the cables were to break while out paddling, do I have any options other than using rubber to tie the rudder in place straight (I carry old cut up lengths of bicycle tubing when I go out)? I know some guys when their older model Hurricanes had cable breaks midpaddle they would tie a length of fishing line outside the boat from the pedal to the rudder control in the back on top of the boat; but my model has everything enclosed inside of the boat so I don't see how something like that is possible with my boat.
I do try to be extra careful because sometimes I paddle by myself and even though I stay close in I would like to be prepared for any situation, and so I'm looking for more options on the broken cable thing. I experimented and rubbered the rudder in place once and tried to paddle around with it like that.......and it's super difficult, I don't know if I could get my sorry ass back to shore doing that.
Also, if anyone has any advice on how often the functioning Spectra cables should be replaced as routine preventive maintenance, please chine (har, har, har) in. I've heard opinions from "that stuff never snaps" to "you should be replacing that every year". Really appreciate any input, thank you.