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Posted by Dick R on Apr 24, 2005
Yes, a rudder can be retrofitted, but beware. If you think you might install a rudder, spread the stern with a half-inch or so piece of wood before you fiberglass it over. That way, you will have enough thickness to support the rudder spindle; without this added thickness, the stern is just too darn narrow for any strength. Like Allan, I also used a stainless steel tube for the spindle to pivot in, deck to keel, for added strength ---- after the spindle broke through the side of my Ches-16 in a capsized big surf landing. That required sawing off a couple inches of the stern and re-building. Rudder or not? An endless debate it seems. In big wind, I am glad to have one.
In Response to: Re: Tak! by Mic on Apr 17, 2005