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Old 03-07-2022, 14:05   #1
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rudder cables on FP Lavezzi cat

Our FP Lavezzi has a broken rudder cable. The rudders themselves are OK, I can steer with the emergency helm and with the autopilot. It is just the vectran rope that is broken. I can actually see the broken rope by taking away a plastic panel on the inside of the steering console. But how do I get to the other end - the part connected to the rudder?


Thanks for helping me out, Robert
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Old 04-07-2022, 14:03   #2
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Re: rudder cables on FP Lavezzi cat

Gday Robert,

I don't know the Lavezzi but here is my 2 cents worth of input.

I am guessing you can't mouse the ends and pull them through, so you are looking at the two broken ends. If I am sending wires along through small spaces I have two tricks.

The first is to get some galvanised wire from a hardware store. Check out the bendiness with consideration of your hose. Hopefully it is straightish. (Actually if it is straight then all is good - use fold up tent poles to push through a small piece of venetian blind cord and you have you mouse). I can't really see how the hose could have a bend in a steering cable so the wire, or tent poles could be good to get the VB cord through, then you pull the new spectra through.

The second is interesting. Put a vacuum cleaner on one end and push a piece of string - maybe tie a very small piece of rag on the end - down the other end. Electricians use this method to place a mouse down conduit. This is the most fun method.



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