While setting out for a nice afternoon sail and BBQ yesterday afternoon, I struck a submerged object in the so-called "safe" waters of the Berkeley Marina. Damage to hull
currently unknown, but my lovely lady is not leaking, sinking, or listing, which is all hopeful. However, my rudder
was badly damaged--there's some damage to the leading edge near the bottom, which could be patched, but more importantly, the rudder
post has been knocked out of alignment, causing the rudder to rub on the bottom of the boat, making the vessel un-steerable. The metal post has been dislodged in the interior
of the rudder, which has a foam core
, meaning that the foam has been damaged internally. I have a feeling that repairing the rudder is not worth the time, money
, and effort, since I believe I would have to strip off the fiberglass
, reposition the post, fill the newly created gaps with some sort of foam, and re-fiberglass the whole thing. I'd much rather just find an old de-commissioned Cal
2-27 and take the rudder off it, and install it in my boat--a half hour project
involving a wetsuit and a crescent wrench. Does anyone have any leads for where to find a used Cal
2-27 rudder in or near the Bay Area?
Thanks for your help! I'd love to get back out on the water
as soon as possible!