rudder help

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  1. nickbeale
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    Hello i have a 38 foot long keel carvel yacht over the winter the rudder was damaged as it is very long and runs from the bottom of the keel up to the water line where it fits into the rudder post(transom hung type)would it be ok to replace the under water part with heavy marine ply and shape it to the original?. the rudder was originally made in two pieces and i would join it into the old joint. any advice would help please.
     
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  3. nickbeale
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    nickbeale New Member

    help

    Thanks for that very helpful,would still like more info please anybody. ps do i know you?.
     
  4. Surfszup
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    Surfszup Junior Member

    Depends on which Falmouth your from........I do not recognize your name.....and the closest Falmouth I know of is KY. But I was from Burlington.
     
  5. nickbeale
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    sorry but i live in the UK. Nic
     
  6. gonzo
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    Contact Ian Bowles at teakdecksw@googlemail.com. He is in Totnes, but may be able to help. You can always bring the rudder over to him.
    Gonzo
     

  7. PAR
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    Plywood only works on small, lightly loaded rudders, so yours will need a strip planked blade or another approach, such as inert materials that can't rot, swell or other wise make you cuss.

    The strip plank method is tried and true. I've made dozen this way and it's fairly easy too. The above link will be a good guide, though I don't agree will all of the recommendations there. > http://www.boat-links.com/foils.html < this link will also be helpful.

    I wouldn't be inclined to make the blade in two pieces. A transom hung rudder typically is three pieces not counting the tiller: the blade and a cheek piece on each side at the top of the blade, which often accept the tiller. Simple is best on this particular element.

    Post some photos so we can see what you're working with.
     
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