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Norm Rhines

As option for the replacement of badly blistering rudders we have.
I am wondering if this would not be a great opportunity to do a group
Buy thing. I would guess this would only be economical if we did 10 +

Most importantly (Not!! using the original cross section design) i.e.
new molds and addressing all of the original Westsail design issues.
But in profile it would look the same as the original.

The reasons I would prefer a new re-design. (Same dimensions slightly
different cross sections in the water)

1.) You can cleanly fair the trailing edge to a 1/4" point (better
speed and control)

2.) Floatation could be designed to be neutral. ( reduce the tillers
tendancy to go to one side or the other)

3.) Get rid of the ss extra weight at the top of the rudder Replacing
it with carbon and kevlar and an open top. (less weight = less

4.) Potentially integrate an adjustable trim tab, to integrate an
autopilot or manual nob for better balance. (optional)

5.) A design to allow the tiller to be pushed up to the vertical
(getting it out of the cockpit.) see item # 3

6.) Improving the leading edge in the aperture. (less vibration and
better flow and motoring speed)

7.) Integrate a grounding system (zinc anode to protect the pins)

8.) Improve its strength (better design)

9.) Build with epoxy (optional)

I am asking how many of you, need to have a replacement rudder for
your failing rudder?

Also what target should we set for the price? I est. that they will
be in the 1500.00 to 4000.00 range? Not sure.

So please note your interest in this issue.

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