new rudder build

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new rudder build

Post by byrdsworth » Nov 23rd, '17, 08:58

Hi ...

for anyone interested
I have been building a new rudder (dagger board )

I found a dinghy fibreglass centre board on ebay (not sure what class )
it is basically as new and is the right lenght etc

The box is made from laminating some tassie oak mouldings together to create a v at each end
Aluminium channel for the struts and a modified ax handle for the tiller .
I added some thin synthetic carpet material ... for protection and helping it to slide up and down.

came up better than i expected.

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Re: new rudder build

Post by mob » Nov 23rd, '17, 13:38

There were a couple of guys in the Race To Alaska that used a complete axe for their tiller. Cool huh?

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Re: new rudder build

Post by Gezza » Nov 23rd, '17, 14:05

That looks like a great setup
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Re: new rudder build

Post by Wanton » Nov 23rd, '17, 19:38

Looks like a top job.
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Re: new rudder build

Post by byrdsworth » Nov 25th, '17, 07:37

mob wrote:There were a couple of guys in the Race To Alaska that used a complete axe for their tiller. Cool huh?
was the idea to remove it for use as an ax ? when needed
or broke their tiller and used it as a replacement ?

the other rudder I made I used a shovel handle ...

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Re: new rudder build

Post by Castle 610 » Nov 25th, '17, 09:40

Are bolts all the way through?
Would it be possible to get two each end on the aluminium as far apart as possible?
Does it flex?
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Re: new rudder build

Post by mob » Nov 26th, '17, 09:39

byrdsworth wrote:
was the idea to remove it for use as an ax ? when needed
or broke their tiller and used it as a replacement ?

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They said they were looking at using an axe handle as a replacement tiller and then thought "why not use the whole axe and we can use it as an axe". It was in one of the Off Centre Harbour video clips.

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Re: new rudder build

Post by byrdsworth » Nov 26th, '17, 15:10

Castle 610 wrote:Are bolts all the way through?
Would it be possible to get two each end on the aluminium as far apart as possible?
Does it flex?
bolts go right through ... and as you say 2 bolts on each joint
so 8 bolts all up ... it is very strong ... the box doesn't flex at all

I made a similar rudder with a timber blade a few years ago ... it's still going strong

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Re: new rudder build

Post by Castle 610 » Nov 26th, '17, 21:06

Good to hear!
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Re: new rudder build

Post by byrdsworth » Dec 5th, '17, 21:14

Sailed in the mono masters race at Lake Cootharaba (north of noosa)

1st time for the new rudder .... it performed really well

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Re: new rudder build

Post by Harb » Mar 20th, '18, 13:56

byrdsworth wrote:Hi ...

for anyone interested
I have been building a new rudder (dagger board )

I found a dinghy fibreglass centre board on ebay (not sure what class )
it is basically as new and is the right lenght etc

The box is made from laminating some tassie oak mouldings together to create a v at each end
Aluminium channel for the struts and a modified ax handle for the tiller .
I added some thin synthetic carpet material ... for protection and helping it to slide up and down.

came up better than i expected.

Cheers
Byrds
Looking good, any idea of the total weight ?
Thanks.

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Re: new rudder build

Post by byrdsworth » Mar 24th, '18, 21:45

Harb wrote: Looking good, any idea of the total weight ?
Thanks.
Not sure of the actual weight ... but it's pretty light

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