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Old 11-08-2020, 18:14   #1
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Pimp My Hydrovane?

The rudder shaft/post on a Hydrovane is incredibly heavy stainless steel. Has anyone considered making one out of lighter materials? E.g. you can buy off-the-shelf carbon composite tubing and rods, the right size.



Also, the rudder is a big ol' lump of polyprop to be man-handling around. This could be a lot lighter.


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Old 12-08-2020, 03:48   #2
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Re: Pimp My Hydrovane?

Light and strong together are expensive to make. Hydrovane chose strong while keeping to a price point. You could spend the money to have a lighter setup built, but I'd also spend the money to have it carefully engineered, just in case the weight is critical to operation (might have a damping effect; or need to NOT be buoyant)
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