SailNet Community - Reply to Topic

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  

Quick Menu
Boat Reviews  
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Marine Electronics
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here

Go Back   SailNet Community > Welcome to Sailnet > SailNet FAQ > Spade rudder rebuild
 Not a Member? 

SailNet FAQ This forum is specifically on the Sailnet Website and how to do certain things on the website. Please note - any other threads will be deleted.

Thread: Spade rudder rebuild Reply to Thread

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

Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

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.

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below

Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below

Topic Review (Newest First)
02-20-2011 08:36 AM
willysail When I was removing the boat from the water for winter storage, I noticed that the rudder was very slow in responding to turns. I had used the boat the weekend before and didn’t have a problem. I was able to maneuver through the harbor and up to my mooring. When they took the boat out we noticed that the rudder was broken off. There was only about a foot of the rudder remain on the shaft. When I checked the bearings and the shaft housing there didn’t seem to be any cracks or weeping of water. The shaft seems to turn easy without any binding or stiff spots. I like the idea of mending the rudder
I have, the only problem is will it hold up.
02-19-2011 05:34 PM
Faster If the blade broke below the end of the stock, then clean it all up, feather back the skin on the remaining rudder. Try to find a similar core material and fashion a new piece to match the original, undersized by the skin thickness you plan to relaminate. Maybe leave room for thicker glass layers at the joint.

Then I'd put some pins into the original part of the blade, with matching recesses/holes in the new section, slide it together and glass it all up. Then refair the repair and seal and paint it. Using epoxy resins will likely work best, but vinylester may work too. There should be plenty of on-line help as the the specifics of the materials you should use.

If your rudder stock is undamaged, there's no need to worry about the rest of the rudder unless there's some play between the original blade and the stock.. that would indicate that you've possibly damaged the internal framework or the internal coring of the original part. There is a chance, though, that if you hit something hard enough to break a chunk clean off that you have in fact done more damage elsewhere that you simply can't see....

Good luck.

If you're lucky Jeff H will weigh in with more specific suggestions.... (and likely a better plan )
02-19-2011 04:15 PM
CalebD I guess it is a little difficult visualizing your rudder damage without a photo.
Typically the rudder shaft will have several metal straps or ribs welded to it that would be encased in a foam core and/or fiberglass.
Are there any ribs evident on your rudder shaft? or is it just a bare pole?
02-19-2011 01:35 PM
willysail the rudder completely broke off and the rudder shaft was not bent
02-19-2011 01:12 PM
CalebD If the rudder shaft isn't bent you should be able to repair it with epoxy and cloth.
WEST SYSTEM | Use Guides

Lackey Sailing, LLC | Boatbuilders, Boat Restorers, and Marine Surveyors
02-19-2011 12:17 PM
Spade rudder rebuild

In the fall I was remove my Cal 9.2 from the water when
I hit something and broke my rudder. The rudder broke about seven inches below the rudder shaft. I was wondering if any one knew of a website that had instructions on rebuilding or making a new rudder

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:25 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) LLC 2000-2012

The store is owned and operated by a company independent of the forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.