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I own a 1985 Pearson 303 and the rudder needs to be replaced. Does anyone know where I can contact a company that can supply me with a replacement rudder?
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It's cracked along it's length, down to the rudder post. A repair will only be temporary. Thanks for the referral to newrudders.com
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I think someone documented a rudder rebuild. don't know if its within your abilities though. Most rudders seem to all suffer from water intrusion. then the water freezes in the winter when it's on the hard.

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Consider a rebuild

I rebuilt the rudder for my Niagara 35 one winter. Not too hard a job but takes quite a bit of time. In my case (and many others) the rudder shaft was stainless and the web inside the rudder was mild steel (I guess they thought water would never get in - but there were wrong).

Basic steps
1. Remove rudder
2. Split the rudder along its edges - cut fibreglass shell with a small handsaw
3. Split interior foam and separate the two halves of the rudder (post and web still with one half)
4. Free metal bits from rudder - get the web replaced with stainless
5. Remove as much of loose material from inside rudder shell as will come out easily.
6. Replace shaft and web (enough of the original left so it fit into the spot originally there
7. Put two halves together with Spanish windlasses and clamps and then put heavy tape over the edges
8. Drill a couple of holes to allow access to voids and fill with slightly thickened epoxy (not too much at a time since it will get very hot)
9. Remove tape and clamps and cover edges with fg tape and epoxy
10. Fair and paint

I kept the boat for about five years after this repair and after five years the rudder still looked better than new

Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).
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