Originally Posted by S16newbie
I am MORTIFIED. I held the rubber washer that fell out of the rudder lock in my hand and thought, "this needs replacing, I can do that next weekend" and launched the boat.
Forty-five minutes (and a VERY COLD dousing of Michigan lake water later, I also found myself rudderless.
My father bought our 16 in 1976 and never lost that rudder. I have the boat for the first time by myself and it's 40 feet down within the hour.
I need one FAST, too, my father is coming to sail the thing with me in 3.5 weeks. I can't bear to tell him we can't sail I don't have a rudder. Have you had any luck finding one? Did you have to make one? Want to make another one?
Ouch... that really sucks Amy... I wish I could help... Your best bet is to contact the S16 owner's association and see if they have a good source for the rudder.
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