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Re: All broke up




I couldn't find any tire tracks, Gene.  However, since my boat is a '79 and
the rudder most likely of the same vintage, it probably should have broken
long before this season.  Your "new" rudder sounds interesting ... what's
the price?

Mick
----- Original Message -----
From: "geneandlizadams" <geneandlizadams@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, August 12, 2002 12:41 AM
Subject: Re: All broke up


> We are building a kick up rudder blade to replace one that broke because
the
> foam inside did not cure. This is the first 23 rudder to break in nearly
ten
> years of building rudders. Clark used a structural foam inside, which
seems
> to fail after time. We use a lighter foam inside, and a stronger shell,
> which results in a stronger blade. We will stand behind any of ours that
> break in two years of sailing. Tire tracks on the blade void the warranty
> Gene Adams
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mick & Claire Roberts" <claire@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Sunday, August 11, 2002 7:03 AM
> Subject: All broke up
>
>
> > Late news from the Neuse:
> >
> > Back in early June during a club race with the Oriental Dinghy Club my
> > rudder broke off ... completely!   Luckily, it did not float away.
> >
> > We were on the last weather leg about 50 yards away from the leeward
mark
> > and doing quite well, thank you, when suddenly there was no "feel" to
the
> > tiller.  Juan Mo' Time went into a tail spin ... totally out of control
in
> > 20-25 knot winds.
> >
> > All was not lost (although the race was) since we could get home on the
> > outboard, I thought.  However, the gas tank was a bit low and we had
about
> > five miles or so to go dead to weather.  One of my crew came to the
rescue
> > then he told me that his boat was berthed next to a mutual friend in
> Pierce
> > Creek at about the halfway mark.  We limped into the creek and tied up
> next
> > to Skip's boat and I called Claire to come pick us up at the Whipple's
> > house.
> >
> > An examination of the rudder revealed water soaked foam in the center.
It
> > had snapped right at the bottom of the cheek blocks.  Aha!  I thought
...
> > dry it out, drill a couple of holes with a long half inch bit and put
some
> > re-bar in the holes, a bit of WEST system epoxy, seal it up and go back
> > sailing again.
> >
> > It worked fine for the Whortonsville Summer Sailabration (see picture
> "Ahead
> > of the Fleet") in very light airs ... so light that the race was
> cancelled.
> >
> > Then came the really big interclub regatta August 3 and 4.  Fifty plus
> boats
> > from five clubs!  We were in the cruising division B with seven other
> boats.
> > I started out with full main and the 155 genoa.  That proved a bit much
so
> > we dropped to the 120 and gave the weather leg a try before the start.
> > Still overpowered!  Take a reef in the mail ... hard to handle, but
> doable.
> > The breeze was building to what proved to be up to 28 knots!
> >
> > After winning a good start we opted to sail on starboard almost to the
> gybe
> > mark then take a port tack back toward the weather mark.  We crossed on
> port
> > tack a starboard boat whose anchor was partially overboard.  OK, we're
on
> > the starboard layline for the first mark.  We tack.  Making the line
quite
> > nicely and it looks like we are going to cross ahead of the rest of our
> > division.
> >
> > Crunch!  It's that sinking feeling again, or more accurately lack of
feel
> on
> > the tiller.  Sure enough, the rudder has broken again!  This time,
> however,
> > we have enough gas to get back to Oriental Harbor and race headquarters.
> I
> > don' know how many SJ23 skippers have had to steer the boat with the
> > outboard, but let me tell you, it ain't no fun!  To make the long story
a
> > bit shorter, we got back on a broad reach, tied up, had lunch and a
couple
> > of brewskis.
> >
> > The repair hadn't held.  Back to the drawing board.  Drill out all the
> foam
> > that can be reached.  More re-bar.  This time fill with epoxy and
> saturated
> > micro fibers ... a work still in progress.
> >
> > I am also looking at building a new rudder.  Originally I thought that
> > epoxy-glueing two pieces of 5/8" quality marine plywood then shaping and
> > epoxy/fiberglass coating would be the way to go.  I called our local
> marine
> > designer, Aussie Graham Byrne, who keeps a stock of French plywood.  He
> > quickly dissuaded my plywood idea in favor of building a "quarter-sawn"
> > blank by cutting clear 2x4's into 1.25" strips then turning them end for
> > end, epoxying up then shaping the blade.  This project is not yet
started,
> > but I'll keep you up to date complete with pix.
> >
> > Has anyone else in the on-line club had similar experience with rudders
> > breaking or building new ones?
> >
> > Without direction in Oriental,
> > Mick Roberts
> >
> >
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