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Re: Teak rudder for a Catalina 22...Pros and Cons
I had some experience with a teak rudder on my Wayfarer, although that was teak ply.
The best rudder for a Wayfarer is considered to be composite : plywood covered in fibreglass. So what I would do with your rudder (and did with mine) is cover it with epoxy. You can apply a layer of glass then epoxy, but I just went with epoxy, no glass.
I painted West System Epoxy onto mine, with a brush. You get a surprisingly smooth finish. Do one side, keeping it horizontal, then do the other when the epoxy has set. Add a couple of layers and sand lightly. Then you need to add a few layers of spar varnish for UV protection.
However, I don't think a teak rudder is a good solution for a boat left on a slip. I think water will find a way in. Remember the lower edge of rudders tends to get chipped by debris or the bottom, then you have broken the epoxy seal and water gets in.
Bristol 31.1, San Francisco Bay
Last edited by MarkSF; 06-02-2012 at 11:13 PM.