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Old 26-10-2010, 05:06   #1
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Where Would One Find a Used Rudder ?

Where would I find a used rudder for a Columbia T26 out there. I have looked in my local area but sailboat parts in this part of Florida are in short supply. I guess due to now hurricanes lately and the fact that these Columbia's last forever.
To have one built by a company named Foss, to specs, is over $900 and I cannot afford that kind of cash at the moment.
Any suggestion?
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Old 26-10-2010, 07:59   #2
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I'd just build it myself....laying up fiberglass isn't that hard...is yours missing or jut broken?
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The previous owner threw it away and made one out of lexan, which is to flexible and of wrong proportion. I can order plans for one and build it but it looks like a lot of work.
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is it an spade rudder? (free hanging, not attached to the keel...)

if so you could look for something with a similar surface area and the same size rudder stock... should give you some more options...
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Old 26-10-2010, 09:13   #5
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It is a spade rudder hung off two skegs with a helm steering arm attached to rudder
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Old 26-10-2010, 09:24   #6
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Try these folks:

Rudder Craft

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Old 26-10-2010, 09:41   #7
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Make it yerself. It's not as hard as you might imagine. Just be glad that you don't HAVE to make it in order to get home!
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... To have one built by a company named Foss, to specs, is over $900 ...
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... I can order plans for one and build it but it looks like a lot of work.
Which may be why Foss Foam wants about $900 for one.
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Old 26-10-2010, 11:26   #9
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I got a good deal for one off ebay for my last boat...might want to have a look there and/or craigslist.
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Which may be why Foss Foam wants about $900 for one.
I was going to suggest Foss Foam too.
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I've built a few custom rudders myself....... Not that hard...
If you use 2 part foam, A+B poured into a 2X4 frame of the aproximate size.. shape it to the right size with a small grinder and wrap it in either carbon fiber or fiberglass cloth.. a couple hours each night and you'll have a rudder by the weekend....
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