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08-08-2012 07:24 AM
c'm again
Re: rudder replace

using the hardware from old rudder, plywood coverd with fiberglass for the first one, now starting the second one, learning from my mistakes.
07-27-2012 07:05 PM
sea_hunter
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Originally Posted by c'm again:902163
well the project has begun, alot slower gowing than I'd hoped, runs to the hardware store and such. thank you all for your imput. X your fingers not the best at such projects.
So how are you building your new rudder? Any metal work need to be done?
07-27-2012 06:59 PM
c'm again
Re: rudder replace

well the project has begun, alot slower gowing than I'd hoped, runs to the hardware store and such. thank you all for your imput. X your fingers not the best at such projects.
07-26-2012 02:04 PM
jimjazzdad
Re: rudder replace

I had good luck with Foss Foam when replacing the rudder on my 1983 Hunter 37 Cutter. They had the mold in stock and shipped the rudder a week later - very pleasant to deal with. I did coat the new rudder with epoxy barrier coat before applying the initial anti-fouling. 10 years later, that rudder is still going strong. I was using a stock design that they had made before - I can't offer an opinion on their custom work.
07-25-2012 05:19 PM
sea_hunter
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Originally Posted by c'm again:901099
is the fiberglass the key to strength and durability?
I prefer epoxy as it's water proof (that's why its used over fiberglass as a barrier coat) and yes the cloth and epoxy are combined to give the rudder overall strength. You still should have metal stringers attached to the rudder stock for mechanical strength through to the tiller or wheel.
07-25-2012 01:56 PM
c'm again
Re: rudder replace

is the fiberglass the key to strength and durability?
07-25-2012 12:34 PM
sea_hunter
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Originally Posted by peterchech:901061
I'm not sure how you can get a proper naca profile using honeycomb material...
Nyda-core layered laminated shaped, woven cloth, reinforced fairing to final shape, finish cloth, final fairing.
07-25-2012 12:19 PM
peterchech
Re: rudder replace

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Originally Posted by sea_hunter View Post
Nida-Core. Will not rot and can be cut with a paper knife. Light, strong, works with polyester resin (fiberglass) and epoxy. Epoxy is my choice, more expensive, but a job done once.
I'm not sure how you can get a proper naca profile using honeycomb material...
07-24-2012 11:15 PM
hellosailor
Re: rudder replace

Good luck, Gary. Let us know what comes of this.
07-24-2012 07:45 PM
travlineasy
Re: rudder replace

I haven't dealt with them personally, yet. However, I did talk with the owner on the telephone and he told me the best way to get an exact replacement was to ship the old rudder to them and they wouldn't have a problem duplicating it. He did say, however, that despite the measurements made by owners and manufactures specs, most rudders have some tiny differences that can make a huge difference in the fit. My rudder is on borrowed time, I've repaired it twice, the next step will be replacement. I'm too old to make a new one myself, so I guess I'll have to rely on them to provide me with a good replacement. The folks at the boatyard across the river from my marina highly recommended Foss and said they're never had a problem with the rudders they've received. They did say, however, that they always remove the old rudder and send it to them to be replicated.

Keeping my fingers crossed on this one,

Gary
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