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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2004 12:00 pm 
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I read an article that gave details and photos on how to stiffen the Lexan rudders using carbon fiber. Is this class legal as long as the dimensions of the altered boards don't exceed class rules?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2004 5:14 pm 
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I'm not sure if anything would stick to the plastic rudders or not. Sounds like a lot of work to me, just order the fiberglass race rudders from your favorite Hobie Cat Dealer and you have a great rudder and look at the time you save, which means more time on the water and that will produce more boat performance than anything else!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2004 5:50 pm 
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The short answer to your question is yes, it would be class legal as long as it didn't change the measurement parameters of the rudder (see page 14 of http://www.hobieclass.com/classrules/RBook031001.pdf).

I agree with Brad, though. Much better to get the racing rudders from Hobie, or if you're really hell-bent on spending time in the shop, build some kick-ass carbon rudders from scratch.

Lexan rudders are teh sux0r.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 10:06 am 
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For the benifit of anyone reading this in the future and thinking of trying it.

If the article you refer to was the one published on TheBeachcats.com, please note that the experiment failed and the article was removed from the site at the request of the author.

Not all ideas work!

Damon Linkous
www.TheBeachcats.com


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 11:30 am 
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Can you tell me how it failed? Did the epoxy he used not stick to the rudder or was the difference not enough to warrant the effort?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 1:16 pm 
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I don't know any details, I was just told the the experiment was a "complete failure" and he didn't want to encourage others to go down the same path.

My own opinion is that this is one of those areas where it wouldn't pay to try to "reinvent the wheel" (or rudder).


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