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    Rudder from a Quarter Tonner

    May 17, 2010

    Quarter Ton rudder

    This rudder is from a 30 year old David Thomas-designed Quarter Tonner and it’s a bit wet.  Wet on the outside is perfectly normal.  Wet on the inside is a problem.  The owner consulted a marine surveyor who suggested a repair would be a very good idea. And so it came into my hands, and leaked all over the back of the car when I took delivery.

    My plan is to clean the rudder, dry it completely, epoxy and clamp the split trailing edge and then wrap it with lightweight e-glass and epoxy resin.  After fairing the cured surface, I’ll primer paint it and return it to owner, ready for antifoul and installation.

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