SailNet Community - View Single Post - Rudder construction
View Single Post
post #9 of Old 11-27-2009
Senior Member
paulk's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
Posts: 2,831
Thanks: 4
Thanked 45 Times in 44 Posts
Rep Power: 17
Getting all the 3/4"x1" pine to lie flat,stay together, and not warp when it gets wet (and it will get wet, regardless of any varnish, paint, or fiberglass) will make you much happier with the aluminum. The time saved will more than make up for any cost difference for the materials. The rudders on Lightnings are essentially sheets of mahogany plywood, radiused at the leading edge and tapered on the trailing edge. If that was good enough for Olin Stephens, it should work for you in aluminum too.
paulk is offline  
Quote Share with Facebook
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome