Wanted - Rudder for I-28 - SailNet Community
  • 1 Post By deniseO30
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 07-15-2013 Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 15
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Wanted - Rudder for I-28

I am looking for a rudder form my I-28 as the original rudder has had freeze/thaw damage form many years outside. I can try taking it off in the fall and finding a FG shop that could make me a new one, but thought I would try here first.

For anyone unfortunate enough to have had their I-28 damaged by storms, maybe your rudder is salvagable and could be put back into service?

Sundayflyer32 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 07-15-2013
me at 67!
deniseO30's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Bristol pa
Posts: 6,992
Thanks: 55
Thanked 127 Times in 116 Posts
Rep Power: 11
Re: Wanted - Rudder for I-28

Fix it yourself! difficulty scale of 3 on 1-10
downeast450 likes this.

Denise, Bristol PA, Oday 30. On Tidal Delaware River, Anchor Yacht Club.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

My last project!
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

My boat is sold!
deniseO30 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 3 Old 07-24-2013
Tundra Down
downeast450's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Seal Harbor, Maine
Posts: 1,285
Thanks: 51
Thanked 21 Times in 20 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Re: Wanted - Rudder for I-28

You can fix it!

I will be dropping the rudder for a cutless bearing replacement. Time to do a shaft inspection, too!! I have already repaired the skin of this boat's rudder. When I got the boat the entire surface of the rudder was spyder cracked. I assumed it had filled with water and frozen. It had been on the hard for several years in New England. The cracks were evenly distributed. I drilled some holes and drained a lot of water. I ground down the cracks, not through the skin, filled them with an epoxy resin and tediously teased into place fg mat, then added a layer of fg mat in epoxy resin over the entire skin. I carefully sanded and faired the surface leaving a continuous epoxy/mat layer surface covering.

The stuff that drained out of the rudder the first year was septic. I was going to drill out some large plugs for inspection at that time but decided to see how things looked after a season of coastal sailing. I did inject (GretStuff) into the holes I had drilled using a long feed tube placing the foam deep in the holes. I used a long 3/8 bit and drilled up from the bottom edge of the rudder as well as some holes up high. I repeated the hole drilling and foam injections for a couple of years and quit after no drainage or apparent "wasted" core showed up. No signs of the original surface cracks have ever appeared. I closed the holes with epoxy paste each time. It has worked so far! It looks perfect after 5 years of service and storage here in Maine.

Now I guess it is time for an exploratory dissection since I can take the rudder into my shop and a careful look.


Islander-28, Marshall Sandpiper
downeast450 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rudder cap stuck on rudder, how to remove? Capt. Mhack Gear & Maintenance 1 11-30-2011 12:55 PM
rudder for US 25 adam56usa SailNet FAQ 5 02-26-2011 04:36 AM
22 Rudder cornbread Bristol 0 11-16-2006 02:24 PM
E 30 Rudder mike dixon Gear & Maintenance 0 02-27-2006 03:07 PM
Catalina 27 rudder and stock wanted randall2v General Discussion (sailing related) 1 11-26-2001 07:23 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome