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Re: Pearson Ensign rudder rebuild! Insight needed...

you rock sir!

if you have any shots of the tiller to rudder connection that would help too.

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Love to see pics of how the rudder turns out.
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Re: Pearson Ensign rudder rebuild! Insight needed...

There's a old article in epoxyworks.com on thinning epoxy. The thrust of the article is that adding solvent is a quick, simple method of thinning epoxy but the strength and moisture resistance of the cured epoxy are drastically affected. The author tested acetone, lacquer thinner and denatured alcohol for thinning and found "lacquer thinner appears to be more appropriate for thinning purposes than acetone or alcohol." The article details the effects each of the thinners has on performance. I think it's worth reading the article if you are considering thinning epoxy.
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If you thin the epoxy with acetone the epoxy will be cure to a much darker color.
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Re: Pearson Ensign rudder rebuild! Insight needed...

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hey think you can post some dimensions on that rudder. i just picked up a electra with no rudder or hardwear. i need to build one from scratch
Ensign Spars can supply the rudder shaft and frame if you'd like to build up the rudder yourself. The only difference between the Ensign and Electra rudders is the shaft length (longer on the Electra). We can also make the entire rudder if you prefer that.

Also most of the other parts on the Electra are shared with the Ensign so we can supply just about any OEM part you need. Spreaders, spreader bases, tiller head, etc. Check out the Ensign Specific section of our online store. Also feel free to email me at bill@ensignspars dot com if you have any questions. We're interested to expand in to supplying anything needed to keep these old Pearsons on the water.

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I know this is an old string and you've solved your "problem" in your own way by now, but I write this for the others who will use this string for reference: The truth is: Your rudder looks great and the wood is in the same condition in which the boat was delivered. In other words, there is nothing wrong with it! The wood boards are held together by threaded bronze pins that are brazed to the rudder shaft and those white "spots" are filler that covers the pockets that contain the nuts turned onto these pins. Here's what happens: Out of the water, the wood dries out and shrinks, and you could look right through the spaces between the wood. By spring, when we're doing our bottom work, it looks like hell cosmetically, and we suspect, weakened. We're just not used to seeing bare wood, or movement like this in our other modern materials. We try all manner of techniques to make wood behave like plastic.

But, after 2 or 3 days in the water...the wood swells, closing the gaps. It would look great if we could only see it underwater!

Your solution: Just paint it with bottom paint. Launch your boat and enjoy it.

Let wood be wood...go with it.
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