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Rudder replacement

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Hi,

I paddle a Hurricane which was purchased from the factory in late 2012. It has a V3 rudder system and a black paint job (just so you know what configuration it is)

This morning I ran over a rock while doing some training on flatwater. Although I don’t think the rudder needs replacing (about 3mm was taken off the bottom edge, I’ll probably just epoxy the edge), I’d like to know, if I was to eventually replace the rudder, how do I detach the rudder from the hull?

I’m also asking this because I’m considering shaving a little off the top of the rudder, behind the rudder shaft, because I’m concerned that the rudder might poke a hole in the hull if I ran it aground again. There already is a pressure dent caused by the rudder.

Thanks!

Albert

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Albert:

Replacing the rudder is easy, there is a screw in the top of the rudder shaft that holds it in place.  Just unscrew it and pull it out from the bottom.

Some pressure dents can be removed that way, not all.  If the dent is from an impact it probably won’t work, if it’s from pressure, heat and time, it will work.  I use a wet towel and a clothes iron.  Overheating can cause paint problems, so proceed cautiously, checking under the towel frequently.

Michael

 

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Category: Tags: asked March 10, 2014
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Albert:

Replacing the rudder is easy, there is a screw in the top of the rudder shaft that holds it in place.  Just unscrew it and pull it out from the bottom.

Some pressure dents can be removed that way, not all.  If the dent is from an impact it probably won’t work, if it’s from pressure, heat and time, it will work.  I use a wet towel and a clothes iron.  Overheating can cause paint problems, so proceed cautiously, checking under the towel frequently.

Michael