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What weight is the green code Divinylcell foam. I'd point out that you may want to weight the rudder so that it is neutrally buoyant or a bit heavier than water...so that it doesn't tend to float up.
I wouldn't use uni-glass in this application, since the loads are going to be multidirectional. Triaxial roving would be a good material to use...with some regular cloth or CSM over it to protect it from the fairing/sanding process.
I'd also recommend putting in a layer or two of kevlar, preferably under CSM/cloth but over the triaxial roving. The reason I'd add the kevlar is that it is highly abrasion and puncture resistant.
I wouldn't use Carbon fiber in a rudder, since the carbon fiber can cause galvanic issues with metal hardware, which the fiberglass and kevlar will not.
Hope that helps.
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