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S&S Swan Maintenance - Swan 411 Skeg
19 September 2023 - 19:24
#1
Join Date: 28 September 2022
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Swan 411 Skeg

Hi guys. I examined my rudder's Skeg and the outer layer of the skeg seems to be separating from the skeg. It looks like the whole outer layer to be in one piece and all intact. was the skeg made this way in two pieces? Does anyone have this problem or know what is happening. I have shown it to some repair men and they do not know also is it dangerous to sail the boat in this condition?

19 September 2023 - 19:49
#2
Join Date: 29 January 2007
Posts: 1018

Dear Kaz,

if there is an outer layer, glassed to the skeg, this is not original, but could you please post some photos, in order to be sure?

matteo (47/069 Vanessa)

20 September 2023 - 11:57
#3
Join Date: 28 September 2022
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Hi Matteo. I have uploaded photos. Some repair men suggest cutting it at the bottom half where it has become loose and reattaching it after repair. Others suggest to drop the rudder and repair it that way. Thanks.

20 September 2023 - 13:36
#4
Join Date: 29 January 2007
Posts: 1018

Dear Kaz,

could youy please send photos a bit less detailed, it is very difficult to read such a detailed one.

Wait a moment before committing with such an important job.

Thanks, all best,

matteo (47/069 Vanesa)

20 September 2023 - 16:14
#5
Join Date: 28 September 2022
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Hi Matteo. The photos I send for some reason are rotated 90 degrees. I have mot photos fjor you from a distance. If you need any more let me know please. Thanks. 

20 September 2023 - 17:11
#6
Join Date: 29 January 2007
Posts: 1018

Dear Kaz,

your finger is touching a flexible piece of fiberglass which is just a carter, just to give you an idea, look at the attached pic, of a stripped skeg, where the piece has not yet been attached (but you can see the holes, as it will be screwed).

Lamination on the rudder does not look so good. Or is it just the  photo?

The skeg was built in two pieces, one each of the two half moulds.

This flexible strip is there to smooth the passage of the fluid (water) between the skeg and the rudder.

Pics are sometimes rotated by the forum as it is not able to understand if it has been shot horizontally or vertically, and if by a IOS or Android system, a problem my webmaster was not able to fix, sorry about that.

matteo (47/069 Vanessa)

20 September 2023 - 18:06
#7
Join Date: 28 September 2022
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Hi Matteo

The skeg lamination needs some work and you are right. Thanks for all the info. The picture was very revealing. As usual you come up trumps. 

Kaz Swan 411/15

23 September 2023 - 10:19
#8
Join Date: 27 January 2011
Posts: 140

Hi Kaz,

we did a complete rudder and skeg renovation on our 411 in 2011. I have plenty of photos - the photo that Matteo posted is probably sufficient for you purposes, but if you need additional ones just mail me via the forum mail function.

Christian 411/028 IF

 

23 September 2023 - 11:29
#9
Join Date: 28 September 2022
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Hi Chris. Yes please. I have send you a message for more photos and any info you can give. I am not familiar with the messaging system so I put your username that apppears on this thread as the receiver. Thanks.

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