Builders' Forum Archives
Re: Rudder cable routing
Posted by Tim Clark on Jul 18, 2007
Once the cables leave the footrest, they should rise at a gradual angle to a point on the deck which is @2 feet in front of the rudder. Before the cables go through the bulkhead wall, they should be "encased" in a plastic sleeve ("cable housing") and continue in the cable housing until they come through the deck.
Some people prefer to secure the cable housings underdeck along the sheer clamps. The angle at which you drill the deck hole should be less than 45 to avoid unnecessary wire abrasion. The end of the plastic sleeve should be a couple of inches aft of the hole you drilled in the deck so it can be secured with cable anchors. The holes should be drilled as small as possible to minimize gaps and, regardless, should be coated with silicone sealant to minimize leaks.
As you are doing this and any other potential tie-down or deck line additions, cover that freshly painted/varnished deck with a towel, so that when you slip with your favorite tool you won't create unnecessary "deck abuse."
In Response to: Rudder cable routing by Kevin on Jul 18, 2007