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Re: Rebuilding/Remountinig Keel & Rudder
We've rebedded a keel on a R 28 some years ago.. it's not rocket science and with a trailer that should make things easier (depending on the ability to create some clearance under the keel to drop it. I'd look very carefully at the f/g keel stub given the boat's history, they are not as heavily built as one might expect.
As to the rudder you may be able to find specs for a proper one, there are aftermarket companies that do that kind of work, but it is possible to build one yourself if you have the skills and mindset to do it. Even if you can't find proper specs, taking a look at another model and using that as a guide is possible. There were two rudders, an early unbalanced version and a later (much better) balanced one.. be sure to 'copy' the latter.
Otherwise they are a pretty nice boat, a bit twitchy downwind in a breeze, but if you're careful you can manage that. If the inventory is as good as you say, and the rest of the boat is salvageable, I guess it's worth whatever you're willing to put down.. sounds like something the dealer would like to get rid of....
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