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Re: [capri26] Rudder bubbles [2 Attachments]

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  • Robert Unkel
    Good Info Jim, Thanks for sharing. Especially like idea of filling center of tiller post with Epoxy. I had already sealed the washer area. Bob On Oct 31,
    Message 1 of 7 , Nov 1, 2012
      Good Info Jim,
      Thanks for sharing.  Especially like idea of filling center of tiller post with Epoxy.  I had already sealed the washer area.
      On Oct 31, 2012, at 11:45 PM, J Papas wrote:


      Catalina Yachts sent me the two attachments.
      - Rudder repair
      - Rudder Id chart.
      The rudder repair instructions might be of interst to some.

      From: J Papas <jvpapas@...>
      To: "capri26@yahoogroups.com" <capri26@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 11:50:49 PM
      Subject: Re: [capri26] Rudder bubbles
      Thanks for the tips.
      I called Catalina Yachts today. A new rudder costs $1459.00 plus $200+ shipping to a US address.
      Kent from Catalina told me before taken this route to drill a couple of holes underneath to let any water out; carve out any noticeable bubbles out, and refinish it. Use couple of coats of Interprotect, to seal the unit. It should last me a couple of years before venturing to a new rudder.
      At least now I know that I will not use the shop which quoted me $2000 for the repair.

      From: Robert Unkel <bunkel@...>
      To: "capri26@yahoogroups.com" <capri26@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Monday, October 29, 2012 9:54:21 PM
      Subject: Re: [capri26] Rudder bubbles

      I had same problem many years ago, at that time a new one from Catalina was about $750.  Your assessment on cause is right on.  On mine water came down rudder shaft to where the steel "paddles" were welded on to the stainless shaft.  I ground out all the damaged filler and fiberglass and built it back up with new resin along with microbubble filler, multiple layers of glass cloth finished off with West epoxy to seal it all up.  I was lucky to get to it before it really delaminated. 

      I would first get a quote from Catalina to put it all into perspective.  I would bet that they will make you a new rudder. I would also ask if both the rudder post and "paddles" are stainless.  The use of mild steel on the "paddles" makes it prone to rusting which would cause a failure.  

      Then again, it has lasted this long so if totally sealed up it will last a long time.  If you go the repair route I would find someone who has done fiberglass repair. I would recommend they use West System products and lots of cloth.

      I think $2000 sounds high, but I generally fix things myself so don't have good idea of going rates.  You really won't know extent of total damage until you dig into it.  

      Let us know what you find out.


      Sent by an outspoken old person from his conservative launch pad.........
      On Oct 29, 2012, at 8:12 PM, "J P" <jvpapas@...> wrote:
      When I hauled out my C26, the rudder had a number of bubbles, (1-2 inch radius) I settled the hull high enough on the cradle, which gave me enough room to remove the rudder unit from below. I took it to a marine shop, they told me it would involve 25 hours to repair it ($85 x 25) $2000. I wonder whether I would be better of ordering a new unit from Catalina if they still build rudders for C26. Perhaps water penetrating the unit, from the top of the rudder shaft which cases these bubbles at the surface. I was told an inexpensive way to address it was to drill holes at the bottom, in hopes that the water will drain. My friend told me to take the rudder to an autobody shop which specializes in fiberglass, they will do the job at margin of the marine shop cost. I am not a handiperson and I am at the mercy of a professional. Any suggestions what to do? thxs Jim

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