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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:35 am 
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I have a new to me 2013 pa12 I just bought a few weeks ago. It seems to me like the rudder steering is loose. I bought another handle for the right side to steer and when the left is straight the right is off about 1/2-3/4" to one side and seems there is a lot of play in it. I also notice when drifting or pedaling in a straight direction I constantly have to adjust the steering to keep in a straight track. Any help would be great guys!!!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:18 pm 
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Either take it back to your Hobie Dealer or if you are mechanically inclined, remove the back rudder cover and check the steering lines for looseness and re-tighten them.
My 2013 PA-14 Owners Manual has a good detail/ how to adjust on "Rudder Tuning"....page #24....I think both the PA-12 & PA-14 have the same manual.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:53 pm 
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Hi there,
you will find that it's neccesary to adjust/tighten the steering lines occaisionaly, especially when lines are new as they will stretch a bit.
As said previously, remove the black cover at rear and all will be pretty obvious re loosening line holding screws, then retightening.
I also have a second handle fitted instead of the steering knob.
My handles are about 1/2 off being perfectly centered but don't find it an issue anymore.
Adjusting the steering lines to the same tension will improve the alignment.
When seated, they look a little "out" even when striaght. You will get used to it, or go insane :lol:
Check your manual to be sure on the process.
Best regards,
Rod


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:58 pm 
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BTW, the steering/straight line/constantly adjusting thing is normal and has a huge amount of posts with ideas to fix, reasons for and complaints etc.
You are not alone :D
Lots to read on this forum.
Probably the only time they trck straight is when there's no wind or waves.
I still love my PA regardless of this particular issue :)
Cheers,
Rod


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