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S&S Swan Maintenance - Swan 36 rudder
14 April 2016 - 00:45
#1
Join Date: 30 January 2007
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Swan 36 rudder

The rudder on NORA, my S&S Swan 36, is (hopefully) going to last one more year, but that's it. Delamination, deterioration.

Has anyone any information about new rudders or the existence of a mold in the US ? Any other advice ?

Mannie

15 April 2016 - 13:41
#2
Join Date: 02 January 2008
Posts: 1547

Dear Mannie

Pls note that some 46 years have passed since the last 36 was built, and it is quite sure that the yard has not kept the molds.
Depending on the condition of the blade it could either be attempted to repair it, or just use it as a template and build a new one-off blade without using molds.
A good repair yard should be able to do it.
Kind regards
Lars

 

15 April 2016 - 17:52
#3
Join Date: 30 January 2007
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Thanks Lars, I'll let you know how it works out,

Mannie

31 May 2016 - 16:56
#4
Join Date: 15 April 2011
Posts: 385

Dear Mannie,

I built a new rudder for my 43 under the patient guidance of the Professor.  If you are so inclinded, I could put together a photo album of the construction process.  As the Professor suggests, you could take templates from the existing rudder and then build according the construction method the Professor described to me and I executed.  It will take me a while to write this up so please allow a little time if you decide to go this path.

Chris Mabel's Casse Tete 43/003

01 June 2016 - 00:47
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Join Date: 30 January 2007
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Chris, fabulous ! Thank you, the photos and info would make it all much easier, less stressful for all concerned, I'm sure. I've alerted my shipyard and as soon as I get your information I will sit down with them and plan the work for the end of the sailing seaqson, which here in Vermont stretches to the end of October. The old rudder sailed me through a total eclipse of the moon at the end of October '15, NORA is eagerly awaiting the new one and has promised to wait till November '16.

Thanks again, thanks Professor

Mannie

Missing the Baltic

01 June 2016 - 13:07
#6
Join Date: 15 April 2011
Posts: 385

Dear Mannie,

If I understand correctly, you will not be building a new rudder until October or later.  That's good; it will take me a while to write up the steps which I will share with the Professor since the ideas are all his.  Then, I think it will be best to add this to the maintenance section so I'll need to correspoond with Matteo to see how we go about this.  

I think, if you decide, that you will be able to build your own rudder and save a significant amount of money.  If you do not elect to build your own rudder, any yard will have their own methods and will like do an excellent job of building a new rudder to the same specifications as the existing one.  

Fair Winds,

Chris Mabel's Casse Tete 43/003

01 June 2016 - 14:46
#7
Join Date: 29 January 2007
Posts: 913

Dear Mannie and Chris,

no need to say: of course!

Fair winds!

matteo (47/069 Vanessa)

01 June 2016 - 15:20
#8
Join Date: 15 April 2011
Posts: 385

Dear Matteo,

What I meant to write is that this may be more of a document than a post; what format do you prefer?

Fair Winds,

Chris  Mabel's Casse Tete  43/003

01 June 2016 - 15:30
#9
Join Date: 29 January 2007
Posts: 913

PDF!

Thanks!

Fair winds!

matteo (47/069 Vanessa)

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