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Re: Rudder chip repair?

Sadly, that sounds like a poor candidate for optimism. Here's a link to a video showing how a young guy rebuilt his rudder. https://youtu.be/waxTt9SHIxE?t=153 He dismantled it down to it's basic components and rebuilt it. This will give you a good idea of what is involved. Fiberglass is fairly easy to work with as long as you follow the instructions. This link is to episode 9 in the series. As I recall, he rebuilt the rudder mostly in Episodes 8,9 and 10. If you have questions about his procedures, you can probably contact him for answers.

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Sadly, that sounds like a poor candidate for optimism. Here's a link to a video showing how a young guy rebuilt his rudder. https://youtu.be/waxTt9SHIxE?t=153 He dismantled it down to it's basic components and rebuilt it. This will give you a good idea of what is involved. Fiberglass is fairly easy to work with as long as you follow the instructions. This link is to episode 9 in the series. As I recall, he rebuilt the rudder mostly in Episodes 8,9 and 10. If you have questions about his procedures, you can probably contact him for answers.
Thanks. If that's the saillife guy I got that linked somewhere else where I discussed this Just a liiiitle bit too involved for my first FG project.. At this point I should probably just be prepared to spend $1k on a Rudder craft kick-up unit. Not the end of the world, but annoying. Unless I can find a custom maker where I can get a copy of the OEM for less, though that doesn't seem very likely either.
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Re: Rudder chip repair?

Yeah that rudder looks pretty much done for. I'm surprised it hasn't failed already!

How are your woodwork skills? You could make a new rudder out of solid wood using the old one as a template, and then wrap it in fiberglass for added strength and protection.

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I would be skeptical; of any pro that says they can repair that correctly for less then $900
FWIW the local fiberglass repair shop just quoted me $3000-5000 for a complete rebuild.. AKA almost half the cost of my boat, or 3-5 times the cost of a brand new kick-up rudder. Think I see where I'll have to go with this.. Ruddercraft seems good, they even claim improved handling, warranty, and can keep it out of the water (i.e. no bottom paint). (gotta try to see the positive in this

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If you could get a hold of a surveyor who has a moisture meter he would be able to tell you far the water has migrated more or less ! I am no novice, or an expert by any means as to fiber glassing etc, but, it is not rocket science ! It is just steps in a process from start to finish ! Also in the second of the original pics it looks as though the mount area has been stressed ! Like the rudder got hung up going fwd, at an angle, like Capt Len said ! Those prices are insane !

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If you could get a hold of a surveyor who has a moisture meter he would be able to tell you far the water has migrated more or less ! I am no novice, or an expert by any means as to fiber glassing etc, but, it is not rocket science ! It is just steps in a process from start to finish ! Also in the second of the original pics it looks as though the mount area has been stressed ! Like the rudder got hung up going fwd, at an angle, like Capt Len said ! Those prices are insane !
Good point.
Though from talking to him I suspect this is from the owner before the guy I bought it from, and he had the boat for 4 years. So that's a lot of time for water to migrate in. I'd be surprised if I got it all out in less than 6 months for intense drying, probably more
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I would grind the edge and peel it open then you know where you stand ! I don't know where you are situated, but summer is not here yet, at least northern U.S. You would still have time to investigate, and then decide which way to go !
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Strip some glass off in the area in question ,,Angle grinder. Look for punlky,rotton wet?? If salvageable cut out the bad bits and glue new chunks in. Re glass Or if not salvageable use it as a pattern and copy a new rudder.The only critical part is drilling the new bolt holes as the parts all have to line up. Mabe better to drill in place with new rudder supported in place.Nice spring project.
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What Capt said!!!!!!!!!
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I think ia's a great first project, in part because cosmetics don't show and in part because you can take it home.



It's a bit more complicated than I let on. Some of the pages have been taken down (related to material published elsewhere) the result was pretty after finishing and strong. But do NOT just putty it over. I added a LOT of glass in the right places. I added a lot more uni later.

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