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 Post subject: EPO3 weight ?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:51 pm 
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Anybody knows the weight of the new EPO3 rudders?
Is it possible to buy them in NewYork? Any reviews on the performance of the rudders?

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 Post subject: Re: EPO3 weight ?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:28 pm 
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I weighed an EPO2 (4.75 lbs)

An EPO3 with light bubble wrap and cardboard edge protectors (wrapped by the vendor) is (4.90 lbs)

As of June 17th 2013; We have two EPO3 and 2 more EPO2 here (one EPO2 has a repair)

We expect 24 more EPO3 this week.

Order from any Hobie Catamaran dealer.

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 Post subject: Re: EPO3 weight ?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 1:01 am 
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Thanks Matt
They look great ,but i expected the weight to be a little closer to the minimum 3 lbs...

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 Post subject: Re: EPO3 weight ?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:10 pm 
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Class rule minimum weight is difficult to achieve and still have a rudder after a hard day of racing I suspect.

And... the EPO3 was weighed with some packing material here. I'll try to get the actual intended weight from Steve Fields in Australia.

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 Post subject: Re: EPO3 weight ?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 2:05 pm 
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Answers is: We have a range of weights that are acceptable for rudders, so there is no set weight to quote on an EPO3.

Class minimum weight and outline for rudders was intended to prohibit a sailor from building rudders under weight and under / over size. This is not a guide that we are required to match or can match. The min-weight was set when boats had single trap and much less rake. Current rudder loads are MUCH higher, so rudders need to be built tougher. We have learned, over many years, how to make them last.

Shape is now locked in using C&C cut alloy molds. Layup and resin weights in glass products always vary slightly.

FYI... Standard Nylon rudders are about 6.5 LBS. Foils are inconsistent and they flex. This is why fiberglass rudders exist. Labor and materials dictate costs.

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