Installing a Rudder on the Native Mantaray 14

Tool list:

¼” drill bit
3/16” drill bit
Phillips head screwdriver
Heat source-heat gun, propane torch or lighter
Wire cutters
Rivet gun
Native Manta ray rudder kit
Note all rivits and fastening hardware should be sealed with Lexel or goop when installed for a water tight installation.
Locate the three small round casting marks for the round pad eyes located on the starboard stern deck of the boat. Drill these locations with a 3/16” drill bit. Using a rivet gun, rivet the 3 round pad eyes in place with the #12 rivets.

This step is where I deviated from the Manufactures instructions, Native calls for a small bungee with a terminal end on one end and a plastic clip on the other to be installed just above the starboard grab handle. I see this as a potential weak point and decided to replace it with a pad eye strap, bungee and a carabiner. This is the part that holds the rudder control rope taunt.
Just to the rear of the stern grab handle on the starboard side the rudder hold down bungee will be secured. This too will be drilled with th 3/16" drill bit the riveted in place. Note this one has a open hook on the end.

Using the 1/4" drill bit, drill through the center of the rudder tubing recesses on the stern of the boat.

Using the same drill bit drill 1/4" holes in the center of the flat area where the rudder cables will enter from the foot controls.
Using a heat source, flare one end of the black rudder tubing so that it will not pull back through the holes you have drilled.
Insert the non flared end of the tubing into one of the holes you drilled in the stern of the boat. Remove the 5" hatch cover and cup from behind the seat for access to the inside of the boat. Pull the tubing through the hull and fish out of the holes in the foot well until the flared end is against the boat at the stern.
Cut off tubing in foot well leaving about 1" outside of the hull. Using your heat source, flare the end of the tubing as you did to the other end. Repeat same procedure to the other side of boat.
Install the rudder bracket on the rear of your boat using a phillips screwdriverUsing the 1/4"-20 X 5/8" screws with lock washes. . Install rudder, stainless pin and clip.

Next remove the footrail screws closest to the seat and remove the push/pull foot pads. Install the foot pads that came with the kit with straps. Reinstall the foot rail screws.

Insert the rudder cables from the stern of the boat. Attach the rudder cable eyelets to the rudder wings using the supplied stainless pins and clips.

Pull both rudder cables taunt from the foot well area making sure to keep the rudder centered. cut the cables 1 1/2" beyond the center of the front foot rail screw.

Remove the cables from the rudder wings and pull the cable from the cockpit area. This will give you a little more room for the connections. Slide the heatshrink tubing and two ferrules on the cable. Pass the cable through the eyelet in the foot strap webbing. Loop the cable around and push it back through the ferrules. Make the loop just large enough that it can rotate over the corners of the webbing without binding. After you make sure the cable is all the way into the ferrules, crimp the ferrules twice each. Push the heatshrink tubing over the ferrules and apply heat to shrink the tubing around the ferrules.

Make sure the rudder ropes are not crossed and pass them through the round pad eyes. pass the bottom rope up through the Carabiner. Tie the two ropes about 3-4" from the carabiner using a barrell knot.
Make sure that you have a little tension on the bungee.

Blood Knot/ Barrell Knot

Ensure to reattach the rudder cables to the rudder wings using the stainless pins and clips.

1 comment:

Michael Osborn said...

Thanks! Now for my first question...did the rudder install make a noticeable difference in the MR's handling? My Ray wanders all over the water in even the slightest wind here on the Newport River in NC. Next question...are the newly installed peddles still lockable like the old ones or do they move freely? If so, isn't there a loss in power when paddling?
Happy Fishing...Michael (