After struggling with the chunky steering I managed to get it almost perfect. The binding was happening in two parts of the steering system.
1. In the inside steering cup. This needs a retro fit with a set of nylon or non binding sleaves that drop in the cup area and are not going to bind.
2. The inlets on the steering control (tiny wheels the lines run on) and rudder line outlet were grindy. No sand, but I think it's caused by the spectra braid. I kept the tension on the lines light and loose and still had the same feel. I pulled the cover off the rudder area to check this out.
The fix was to take a silicone lubricating compound and put some in the cup, the in and out areas of the spectra, and into the rudder shaft. I pushed in quite a bit in the line feeds and the problem of the grinding just about disappeared. The rear lines out should get a small wheel feed as well.
I think I need to work for Hobie!
So I'm in the Steve Moyer Tournament tomorrow and I will see how it holds up. I did the fix this morning.
How did the Tournament go? I signed up, but ended up working a cash O/T until the wee hours of the morning....no way I could have made it!
I upgraded my seals. Thanks for the tip. However, I still take on about a gallon of water. Less than before, but a ton more than in my Revo. I was out in LJ yesterday, not too much surf 1-2 with an occasional 3 in there for good measures. Getting out/in was a breeze...just peddled straight through. Took a couple to the chest, but the PA just plowed through. The water has to still be coming through the front hatch since nearly everything in the compartment was wet, even stuff that was stacked on top of stuff. Any other suggestions?
Personally, when fishing LJ, I would rather take my Revo for entry and landing. With the PA, instead of going up and over the surf, you tend to go through it - sometimes swamping the boat. The Revo is just a whole different animal.