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Get some exterior grade paint and matching undercoat.
That was when you said you were not keeping it in the water. If you plan on keeping it in the water I would strip it to bare wood, dry it out, fill the cracks, epoxy it then paint it with Primocon followed by anti fouling that is suitable for your area.

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Make a filler paste using the sawdust from the sander's dust bag mixed with CPES and use it to fill the cracks. Mix the filler to the consistency of peanut butter.
I mixed up the sawdust with the CPES until it was like extra creamy peanut butter. I was a able to use it to fill in the old screw holes, and maybe one of the bigger cracks. The sawdust is too flaky to get it to spread out smoothly like real peanut butter. I piled it above the holes and the crack a little because it would tend to flake apart if I tried to smooth it off. Hopefully it will harden up and I can sand it smooth again. I'll see how it turns out tomorrow.

The top of the rudder is going in between two pieces of plywood which are being replaced. Part of the rudder around the tiller connection bolt got a bit rotted so it's like 1/8" thinner in that spot. When I put the plywood back on there will be a gap there. How do I fill in the gap? The CPES can suggests an epoxy filler made by the same company. Should I get that? The hardware store has some regular wood filler. What about all the little .020" cracks? The sawdust won't really fit in to those.

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The project is finished! The plywood on the sides in new. Thanks everyone.

Here's the picture. I'm trying to make sure it is viewable by everyone, not just members of the forum.



There image is at http://nomad.ignorelist.com/images/s...ana_rudder.jpg in case the image embedding didn't work.

Looking at the image reminds me that there is nothing that is designed to give way in case the rudder hits something. With the keel up the boat draws about 18" but the rudder is still 3'. Worth trying improve this?

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Looks great! Good work.

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Looking at the image reminds me that there is nothing that is designed to give way in case the rudder hits something. With the keel up the boat draws about 18" but the rudder is still 3'. Worth trying improve this?
It's a bit late to think about that now!!

The usual thing is to make a kick-up rudder blade, but, for you, that means taking apart all you've done and making a whole new rudder head. The way it is now, if you hit something you'll likely tear the pintles out of the back of the boat - and sink - so I'd try not to hit anything if I were you.

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