I am in the process of restoring a 1971 venture 17. The rudder was made of a piece of wood that was just painted and slapped on the boat. I went ahead and just copied the old rudder and made another out of wood. The question is should I coat it with epoxy and then paint it? Should I fiberglass it? Would fiberglassing it be overkill? I made the rudder out of a 1x12 and shaped it to fit. I will only be lake sailing in central Texas. I was also thinking about putting bottom paint on the rudder after I epoxied it.