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Rudder repair, how would you?

So we purchased a 12' sailboat (1975 Jester 12) for the grandkids to putter around in and "crunch" off comes the top of the rudder. It's 3/4" thick - so I am thinking I'll just recreate the whole top portion with Starboard.

What do you think?






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Re: Rudder repair, how would you?

I'm happy to see the top is off, not the bottom. The repair is relative easy.
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Re: Rudder repair, how would you?

Could you just round it over, glass over the top and put the tiller back on. It looks like it might be high enough so the tiller will clear. If you overlapped it down 6" or so with a couple of layers of heavy cloth, it would strengthen it as well. I'd worry about where it was going to break next. Why not just make a new one out of a good piece of 3/4" marine plywood?
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Re: Rudder repair, how would you?

That's pretty easy since it is not part of the actual foil so shape doesn't matter, just copy the broken piece in whatever material you are comfortable working with. Something buoyant might not be a bad idea in case the rudder comes off in a capsize, although with that big hunk of stainless it will probably sink anyway!
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Re: Rudder repair, how would you?

The core is a foam form. I suggest digging it out lower than the fiberglass covering, epoxy in a plywood to replace the lost core, and cover it with fiberglass material. Then paint with white gelcoat.
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Re: Rudder repair, how would you?

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The core is a foam form. I suggest digging it out lower than the fiberglass covering, epoxy in a plywood to replace the lost core, and cover it with fiberglass material. Then paint with white gelcoat.
Good suggestion but if he's anything like me and if he goes to the trouble of mixing and applying gelcoat, it could start a domino effect that will keep it out of the water until he has GREAT grandkids. Nothing wrong with a rattle can touch up on a project like this.
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Re: Rudder repair, how would you?

I think that would work just fine. It will just be a lot heavier! But that should be a problem!!!!
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