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Old 13-10-2016, 05:54   #16
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Re: rudder delamination

If you want to go that route, might consider vacuum bagging as opposed to a compressor, maybe infusing the resin.

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Old 13-10-2016, 06:15   #17
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Re: rudder delamination

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What does a new rudder cost?
$1638.00 for a brand new RudderCraft polyethylene rudder. This is for an Oday 27. Looks and works great.

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Old 13-10-2016, 06:40   #18
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Re: rudder delamination

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If the rudder is still hanging on the boat and on the hard.
Drill a bunch of holes from the bottom up, as many as you can with a long drill bit.
Then run hook a small air compressor to one of the holes and let it sit and run for hours and days. It will slowly dry out the rudder. When you think it is dry, let sit a few more days, perhaps with heat lamps pointing at the bottom. Then get a bunch of dowels from Home Depot, dip in epoxy and jam up in the holes you drilled.
A day or two later, chisel off the dowels sticking out, sand, epoxy again and paint.
Total cost about $25 if you already have the compressor. (Black and Decker electric type for filling tires on your car)

Did the above 15 years ago and still good.
No sh!t.
How that helps the integrity of rotted core wood in his rudder is questionable. It's still rotted albeit dryer. Additionally, the integrity of the steel webbing and welds holding it to the rudder post is still unknown.

It seems to me that simply drying out the core is a crap shoot - sometimes you win, sometimes you don't. This is one of those quick and dirty repair techniques that causes avoidable problems.
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Re: rudder delamination

Honestly at this point I would call phill's foils and get a replacement. For a foam cored glass rudder you are probably in the $2,000 range, and theamount of work it will take to restore this one is pretty substantial. At a minimum you need to open it up like a clam shell, rip the core out, inspect the webbing, install new core, then reattach the shell.

At best you are looking at 100 hours of labor or more, even if you know what you are doing. And if you get it open and realize the webbing is toast then there's $500 for new.

Best case repairing this costs $500 in materials and 100 hours. Worst case, probably $1,500 in materials and 200 hours.

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Re: rudder delamination

Now with a wealth of suggestions, I have 7 months of Lake Superior off season to begin assessing the damage. For me,at age 70, and living on a retirement income, I need to look at containing cost. When I get the rudder unmounted and all the composite removed, I should have a good look at that plywood core.It appears to be constructed of a tropical hardwood, very likely teak, and 2 inches thick. If the layers hold together, I should be alright with heavy glassing.

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