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Re: San Juan Rudder Problems




 I think that a glassed wooden rudder with a metal stiffener  will out last
the foam core and glass ,no cracking ,no water entry and with little half
circles welded to the steel plates to distribute load and rid the shear line
is better than a two year warranty on a new blade
No offence but no rudder is a real bummer. And in high winds the oar over
the stern or steerage with the motor down does not win a race

rob
----- Original Message -----


From: "Bret Hart" <gblenston@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2003 10:17 AM
Subject: RE: San Juan Rudder Problems


> In my opinion transom hung rudders are meant to be taken off.  I have
> replaced my original rudder because it was craked down the center and
water
> entered it.  Obviously it was delamintaing and drying it out entirely to
> properly fix it would take a very long time.  After three years in the
> rafters of my garage it finally came dry but was still such a mess I threw
> it out.
>
> I bought my replacement from Gene and find it to be lighter (no water
> inside) stiffer because of proper lamination and coring, and cleaner since
> it isn't sitting in the water with or without bottom paint.
>
> When installing a new one epoxy some sleeves in for the pintle bolts
because
> tightening them too much will crush it causing cracks and it also makes a
> great sealing surface for the bolts.  Think if it like you are bedding a
> winch.
>
> Most importantly take it off and store it below when your back at the dock
> and you won't have delam problems.  It is really easy and safer.
>
>
> >From: "Langer, Frank" <FLanger@xxxxxxxxx>
> >Reply-To: sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >To: "'sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx'" <sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >Subject: RE: San Juan Rudder Problems
> >Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 10:15:54 -0600
> >
> >In relation to the recent e-mails on rudder breakdown on SJ 23s, is there
> >anything that can be done to our existing rudders in a preventive way to
> >maintain them for longer or avoid the internal delamination that seems to
> >occur?  Obviously checking them regularly and repairing any beginning
> >cracks
> >to avoid water getting inside is important.  Would extra coats of
> >epoxy/barrier coat avoid the problem?  Is the likelihood of problems
> >equally
> >great with the kick-up rudder on the Mark 1 model and the full rudder
used
> >on the Mark ll model, or are they built differently?
> >Thanks for any responses.
> >Frank
> >
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