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Old 23-09-2016, 07:04   #1
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Source for a rudder for a 1995 FP Venezia '42

We had a diver on our boat today to clean our sail drives (this is something i'd normally do, but I'm not getting in the water in Baltimore harbor...)
Anyway, upon surfacing he lets me know that we are missing a rudder and that the fiberglass shaft is sheered.


So I am now looking for sources for a new fiberglass rudder and post or perhaps replacing both and keeping the old one as a spare.
Any leads would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
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Old 23-09-2016, 08:01   #2
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Re: Source for a rudder for a 1995 FP Venezia '42

GreenIssue,

You may want to post to the FP Venezia 42 area.

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I always thought that FP used Stainless Steel rudder shafts. Fiberglass rudder shafts have always had a problem of catastrophic failure. SS rudder shaft will bend but usually not break off.
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Re: Source for a rudder for a 1995 FP Venezia '42

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GreenIssue,

You may want to post to the FP Venezia 42 area.

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I always thought that FP used Stainless Steel rudder shafts. Fiberglass rudder shafts have always had a problem of catastrophic failure. SS rudder shaft will bend but usually not break off.
I posted it here as I am looking for a source for a part or someone who could build me a new one. I am not just talking about Venezia 42's but thanks for that helpful tip...

The shaft is SS to a point then it is glass (I'm guessing from the divers observation.) I believe it is meant to be sacrificial so as not to damage the boat if it gets bounced off of a reef etc. and torn away. It's my understanding that the mini keels are built this way so, it makes sense that the rudders are too.

Whatever the case, I still need a source for a new rudder
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Re: Source for a rudder for a 1995 FP Venezia '42

GreenIssue,

OK. Got it.

Not sure where you are located, but here are a few Rudder Fabricators.

Rudders - Composite Solutions Inc
Jefa Rudder Blades
The Foss Company Makes Quality Sailboat Rudders and Dagger Boards that Can Be Shipped Anywhere in the World from Newport Beach, California
Yacht Rudder manufacturer and fabricator. Rudder stocks, rudder bearings, tiller arms and rudder and skeg assemblies

Also may want to call your local FP dealer to see if that can contact the FP factory for a replacement rudder. Just a few months back I had read a post that someone was able to purchase a factory rudder for an older FP.
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Re: Source for a rudder for a 1995 FP Venezia '42

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GreenIssue,

OK. Got it.

Not sure where you are located, but here are a few Rudder Fabricators.

Rudders - Composite Solutions Inc
Jefa Rudder Blades
The Foss Company Makes Quality Sailboat Rudders and Dagger Boards that Can Be Shipped Anywhere in the World from Newport Beach, California
Yacht Rudder manufacturer and fabricator. Rudder stocks, rudder bearings, tiller arms and rudder and skeg assemblies




Also may want to call your local FP dealer to see if that can contact the FP factory for a replacement rudder. Just a few months back I had read a post that someone was able to purchase a factory rudder for an older FP.
I contacted FP and am waiting on them, but I wanted to see what the options are. Thanks for all of those links! I really appreciate that!
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Re: Source for a rudder for a 1995 FP Venezia '42

Try Kent of "Just Catamarans" in Fort Lauderdale. If he does not do it himself, he will know who to put you in touch with that does the rudders.
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Try Kent of "Just Catamarans" in Fort Lauderdale. If he does not do it himself, he will know who to put you in touch with that does the rudders.
Will do, thank you for the info.
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Re: Source for a rudder for a 1995 FP Venezia '42

Foss foam in Florida. They can make a new one and ship it to you. Great prices and service. You may wait a month on FP to respond.

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