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Has anyone tried to make their own rubber extensions by simply bolting a bigger price of metal to their current rudders? 

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Not going to work , the water pressure will wreak havoc on the whole setup .Not going to be  "aerodynamic " no reason to cobble up your steering system and that's exactly what your talking about.. . Do it right and have it fabricated.... In the Introduce Yourself Forum with the heading of Welding and Fabrication is the name of a shop that has done this numerous times . have seen his work and been on a couple boats that have had it done and it is the shizzle compared to the stock rudder.

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Has anyone tried to make their own rubber extensions by simply bolting a bigger price of metal to their current rudders? 
Dont listen to other ppl
You can bolt on an extension without harm

I built these for my 11m

I also have friends who bolted on heavy aluminum flatbar to the rudder without any harm20180816_133109.jpg

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3 hours ago, stevietangles said:

Dont listen to other ppl
You can bolt on an extension without harm

I built these for my 11m

I also have friends who bolted on heavy aluminum flatbar to the rudder without any harm20180816_133109.jpg

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Can you be more specific on what the build looks like and material? These are fantastic!

 

justin

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How's the electrolysis with two dissimilar metals connected to each other under water ? I guess you can unhook your bonding  wires with this setup. Is there anymore drag created by overlapping the stock rudder with a wider piece of corrosion creating metal ?  How much time and money was needed vs having a professional upgrade done correctly ? With all the money you put into the sport , why cheap out on your steering setup ?  If I was looking at a boat to buy and it had the bolt on"s I would wonder what other short cuts were taken in the upkeep and then keep walking.  Do it once and do it right is how I like to roll.  But as stated above ,"don't listen to other ppl"  Although you did ask a question which might require listening to other people's advice.. So go ahead and do what you want it's your boat.

Edited by Bozeman Bob

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11 minutes ago, Bozeman Bob said:

How's the electrolysis with two dissimilar metals connected to each other under water ? I guess you can unhook your bonding  wires with this setup. Is there anymore drag created by overlapping the stock rudder with a wider piece of corrosion creating metal ?  How much time and money was needed vs having a professional upgrade done correctly ? With all the money you put into the sport , why cheap out on your steering setup ?  If I was looking at a boat to buy and it had the bolt on"s I would wonder what other short cuts were taken in the upkeep and then keep walking.  Do it once and do it right is how I like to roll.

Do it right is about $2000, 20 percent of the cost of my boat, for rudders, also it’s pretty fun building stuff.

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Do it right is about $2000, 20 percent of the cost of my boat, for rudders, also it’s pretty fun building stuff.
Material cost me 200
1/4" aluminum
5052
Build time was 4 hours
I pulled the rudders
Cut the sheet
Had to use a brake to bend the front of each plate
Clamp and weld
Drill and tap

I added a magnesium anode this season

No corrosion was noticed after 2 seasons

Steering torque increased a little.

I can troll in 3 to 4 footers and my AP barely has to make adjustments whereas before the boat was useless in 2 foot seas

And to bob

If you consider this cutting corners I bet there isnt a boat out there that you would consider buying

I've seen a lot worse than ppl using dissimilar metals for a rudder extension



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