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08-31-2013 02:09 PM
bobperry
Re: Lost my rudder!

My bad.
Very sorry.
Wrong Foss.
How stupid of me.
08-31-2013 02:15 AM
sailjunkie
Re: Lost my rudder!

First, I'm really sorry to hear about you losing your rudder. Vacations are something that we plan for and look forward to for some time; and this is not the way to end one.

Second, kudos to you for jury rigging a rudder and getting home.

Finally, as another Mirage 29 owner, I would really like to know how this works out for you. Getting small parts for a boat built by a company that went out of business years ago is tough enough.
08-30-2013 02:50 PM
eherlihy
Re: Lost my rudder!

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Originally Posted by bobperry View Post
My son worked for Foss. Want some stories?
For the benefit of other forum members - Yes good, or bad experiences would be appreciated.

I know that Foss makes rudders, and has patterns for many production boats from the '80s and '90s.

Thanks!
08-30-2013 01:00 PM
johnnyquest37
Re: Lost my rudder!

Well done on getting home under jury rig.
08-30-2013 12:52 PM
manatee
Re: Lost my rudder!

Glad you made it home. Some worksheets here might help with your replacement.

Good luck.
08-29-2013 10:07 PM
RTB
Re: Lost my rudder!

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Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
I wouldn't deal with Foss again (again) if they were the only folks willing to deliver a rudder and I was stuck on a desert island waiting for one. Just a personal opinion based on past performance from their Florida operation.
Not my experience at all, or wouldn't have suggested checking with them.
08-29-2013 05:03 PM
hellosailor
Re: Lost my rudder!

I wouldn't deal with Foss again (again) if they were the only folks willing to deliver a rudder and I was stuck on a desert island waiting for one. Just a personal opinion based on past performance from their Florida operation.

As Denise and kriss note, jerry-rigging a steering oar used to be considered a standard technique, and steering oars are all the "rudder" that the Vikings ever used. To sail, sack, burn, and return home from all corners of their known world.

"Git 'er home" ? Okay, haul, gob in epoxy paste, bolt up some light steel plate with 1/4x20 bolts side to side. Getting a proper replacement rudder is going to mean either a bloody fortune, or waiting a week for motor freight to get it there.
08-29-2013 03:53 PM
TheMadchef
Re: Lost my rudder!

So, after being stranded in another harbor, I decided to make a jury rudder and make the 20NM trip back to my marina.
I made it back safe, here are some pics and a video of my work. Took about 3 hrs to assemble and install the jury rigged rudder.
08-27-2013 12:18 PM
krisscross
Re: Lost my rudder!

Looks like you did fine, all things considered.
Sometimes you can jury rig a rudder using a paddle attached to the swim ladder mount - you may have to reduce sail if the ladder mount is not very sturdy - you do not want to rip it out of the transom.
08-27-2013 11:37 AM
RTB
Re: Lost my rudder!

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Originally Posted by TheMadchef View Post
I haven't been able to find any used rudders or, for that matter any dimensions for the rudder for a mirage 29. Any thoughts?
Bummer! Good job keeping your head, and getting back in.

Give Al a call at Foss Foam Rudders. He may be able to help. Very knowledgeable, and friendly. I just had a new rudder built by them last year.

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