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    Posted: 01 Aug 20 at 5:50pm
Yesterday I dropped our club's Drascombe Lugger rudder on my toe.
It's made from welded galvanised steel. Blade is 6mm thick.
I would like to make it lighter so I don't drop it again.
Does anyone know of a composite sheet material that in 6mm thick form will be strong enough and sink?
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carbon/Foam sandwich ballasted with lead [grin].
More seriously perhaps aluminium might be lighter and hopefully strong enough
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I'd probably be considering taking more water with the rum ration.....  Wink

More sensibly why did you drop it, was it simply 'cos it was too heavy? As Jim C says ally is roughly ⅓ the weight of steel and should be plenty strong enough for a rudder blade.


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They are a hell of a weight. Not hit my toe, but laying them flat can go out of control if you aren't careful.
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I'd look at an aluminium blade then, much lighter and reasonably cheap and easy for a local engineering company to make.

If you need it to sink under it's own weight then I'd think it needs a density of at least 2.0 g/cm3, aluminium has a density of 2.7 g/cm3, steel is around 8.0 g/cm3.


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Anything with a density over 1g/cm3 will sink in freshwater...
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Aluminium comes in many grades with varying properties of strength and corrosion resistance. Metalsupermarkets are an excellent source of information on all metals or any engineering firm capable of doing the machining should be able to suggest the correct spec.

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The offending article.

This is as it would be hanging under the boat. You can see the top bearing bottom left of the picture and the narrow slot the stock will slide down,
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Originally posted by Riv

The offending article.This is as it would be hanging under the boat. You can see the top bearing bottom left of the picture and the narrow slot the stock will slide down,

What a fearsome piece of ironmongery.
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Originally posted by JimC

carbon/Foam sandwich ballasted with lead [grin].
More seriously perhaps aluminium might be lighter and hopefully strong enough


Do you think the top bearing engineering needs that weight to keep the rudder and its post properly seated and immersed?

What would be the effect on fore and aft trim if you replaced it with alloy? Would you have to remove the half hundredweight CQR from the forward compartment?
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