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 Post subject: Homemade rudder
PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 6:48 pm 
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I cross the ICW regularly and the wind and water is usually moving into the side of the kayak, making it difficult to keep on line. I didn't know how effective a rudder can be until my brother went with me in exactly the same kayak (Hobie Quest) except his has a rudder. While I was paddling multiple strokes on one side only to keep on track, he was paddling normally, tracking perfectly with no wasted strokes and he left me in the dust. I really didn't want to spend $150-$200 for a rudder on a kayak I paid $600 for, so I followed Capt Kenroy's idea and took a shot at making a homemade rudder. My Quest already had the proper foot pedals installed, so all I had to do was make the rudder and install the control lines. I went more conventional with the rudder shape, and I mounted it on a hinge so that it can swivel up when I get into shallow water. It is easily removed for cleaning and storage. I've got about $30 and 4 hours of labor in the fab and installation, and I think it turned out OK. I'm going to try to get out tomorrow to test it out.


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade rudder
PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:01 pm 
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That ought to work. I didn't go with the hinge but it will definitely work. My rudder blade has a single pin.

What did you make the rudder blade out of?

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 Post subject: Re: Homemade rudder
PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:13 pm 
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That is quite inspiring! Maybe, one of these days when I'm NOT working 12hrs, I can get some time to install something like that on my Redfish. The hinge is a great MacGyver idea.

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 Post subject: Re: Homemade rudder
PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:18 pm 
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The fin is made from a piece of .100" thick aluminum I had laying around.......I would have rather used plastic if I had some. If the hinge works out well, I will probably end up replacing it with some stainless steel hinge from a marine supply store, because this one will probably corrode in no time.


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade rudder
PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:53 am 
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Looks great. Be careful in shallow water, without being able to raise the rudder from the cockpit, the only direction you can go if the rudder start dragging the bottom is forward.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:57 pm 
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WarEagle1: Yes, I know....I'm going to add a control line to allow me to swing it up and keep it there when it's not needed. I tried it out yesterday in some very heavy winds, and it work perfectly. It was nice to be able to point the yak where I wanted to go and just paddle.

I'm assuming you're Auburn alumni? That's my daughter's 1st pick for college next year. We went there in April for a tour and we all loved it there......great school, and a nice little town with a lot of friendly people. She got a 33 on her ACT and just received an offer of the Presidential Scholarship (free out-of-state tuition plus some expenses). We are going back next week to take another tour and see what other scholarships are available. A little bit more help and we will be a War Eagle family next year.


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade rudder
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Rudders are definitely nice, especially in the wind. 33 on the ACT, that's great. She should have her pick of schools. Auburn is a great atmosphere. War Eagle!

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 Post subject: Re: Homemade rudder
PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:04 pm 
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nicely done.

i remember some time ago here something that did look like it.

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i still dont no why they charge so mutch for a rudder its insane..some charge like 250$ for this thing.

good job

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 Post subject: Re: Homemade rudder
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joco wrote:

i still dont no why they charge so mutch for a rudder its insane..some charge like 250$ for this thing.

good job

joco


It's like the fees they charge for a divorce..... because it's worth it :D

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 Post subject: Re: Homemade rudder
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Looks Great! Makes me want to make one instead of buying one.

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 Post subject: Re: Homemade rudder
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I'm sorry about gravedigging an old post. I'm pretty new to kayak rigging and stumbled upon this post while looking for ideas on making a rudder. I love the concept used for this DIY rudder, but I can't figure out how to manage controls for it. I have a Trident 13 with the standard foot pedals.

How are people controlling their home-made rudders?

Thanks!


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