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I thought about that but after researching decided against. It seems like if there's any little breach in waterproof-ness (at a bolt hole, where I accidentally drag it across the launch ramp, etc) then water will get in, swell the wood, crack the fiberglass letting more water in. And the thing might never dry out. This isn't going to be wet for more than 8 hours at a time, once a week. Except maybe once a season it'll be in for a day or so. The old rudder is mahogany with some sort of finish on it. Someone filled some gouges and scrapes with JB Weld or some other sort of epoxy. They painted the top half brown but left the bottom alone. I bought the boat that way, used it for a season thinking I'd sail it as-is before making changes. A new rudder and tiller isn't even a need, it's a want. The old one was fine just ugly. I don't want to be in a position where I'm forced to do a fiberglass repair on a rudder. I suspect I could end up there if I glassed it. With oil I'd just scuff it up with a scotchbrite pad and throw on more oil, right? I'm layering it onto a piece of scrap right now. 5 sides of a 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 18" long stick. Once I get enough coats on it I figured I'd sit it in a bucket of tap water overnight then saw the piece in half to see if any water got in. Maybe I should make more samples and try scuffing one on sandpaper to simulate a grounding, then soak and see if it dries out?
Keep the expenses low and the good times high.
PA Freshwater / Chesapeake