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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 2:27 pm 
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Hey folks. I need help here. This black rudder came off my mid 90's H16 I think it was original to the boat. It weighs about 6.8 LBS so it appears too heavy to be any EPO. I broke it this summer and replaced both rudders with a new set of standard white ones.

Any idea what it is or what is made of? Is it fixable or just trash?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:05 pm 
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I believe that material was called "PCG". I don't know what that stands for, but it was Hobie's stock or low priced rudder offering in the 90's. They were along the lines of the lexan and other plastic rudders. I would say almost certainly not repairable.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:34 pm 
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I'd have to agree that it's generally non-repairable. Almost nothing sticks to that plastic.

However, I'd be curious if WEST G-Flex would be able to hold it together, especially if you assisted it with some long screws.

Even if it did work, though, you'd still have a really heavy, overly flexible rudder that really wasn't very good to begin with.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:34 am 
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Thanks for the info. I didn't recover the missing piece so there's not much to work with. I'll put this one in the bin and keep its twin in my sailbox for a spare.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:38 am 
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The West G-flex should work but it would be difficult to shape. You would need to build a mold. The stuff is like syrup. I got to repair a Wave that had been T-boned and was impressed with the product. It seem to bond well and it made it through a week of sailing down in MS Last spring. Don't know if they are still sailing it???


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:18 pm 
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Thanks but I think a quart of G-Flex is worth more than this old rudder! :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:59 pm 
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I've got same blade failure as you got. This is a temporary repair I've done. It is simply a metal brace attached with a good number of metal screws. Since then, I've got a new blade, but have not bother to put in since the brace seems solid.

The blade is, I believe nylon, so no adhesive will work, and I did not even try use any type of glue.

Note, this hole does not bear majority load while sailing. It is the other one that does.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:30 pm 
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I think there's some pretty good chance that 3M DP100 would stick that stuff back together if anyone has mating pieces. I've stuck all sorts of plastic together with it, and never had a failure.

http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/mediawebse ... 6E666666--

looks like about 600 psi on polycarbonate

But this is exactly right: "Even if it did work, though, you'd still have a really heavy, overly flexible rudder that really wasn't very good to begin with."


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