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FAQ - Rudder

What are the Rules regarding the rudder ?

Can I sand my Rudder ?
Can I remove the mold marks ?
Can I change the thickness of the rudder ?
Can I sand the trailing edge ?
Can I round the corners of my Rudder ?
What is a "Hole Gauge" ?
How do I use the hole gauge ?
Can I replace the metal shaft ?
Can I shorten the metal shaft ?
Can I change the rudder horn connection point ?
Can I replace the rudder tube ?

1.0 CONCEPT - The definitions, dimensions, and restrictions listed are intended to maintain the one-design concept for this class. The rules are intended to ensure that all boats are kept as close as possible with regard to hull, deck, keel, rudder, displacement, and ballast, while allowing minor variations in sails. In these rules the word "shall" means mandatory while the word "may" is permissive.

2.3 Rudder - The rudder shall be as supplied by the Kit. If damaged or broken a new one must be obtained from the manufacturer

5.4 Deck Layout (2001) - The layout of the deck may be modified as needed to accommodate alternate control systems. Alternate deck fittings to include the jib pivot, mast step, shroud plates, rudder control linkage or other fittings pertaining to the rig or sail controls are permitted and their location is not controlled. The steering columns and wheels, winches, cleats, hatch slides, and the cockpit cover need not be utilized. The mast shall be stepped on the deck. Through deck charging jack can be used.

7.0 RADIO (2001) - A maximum of two channels shall be allowed. One channel shall be used for sail control, the other for the rudder. Standing rigging shall be adjusted only by manual means. The arrangement of radio equipment and the method of fixing radio equipment to the hull is not controlled.

Secretary and Class Action Committee Suggestion

If (with the naked eye) a visible change in shape or thickness has been made to the rudder blade that is beyond minor sanding and scraping the skipper should not be permitted to race.

If the skipper gets the permission of all other competitors (except the skipper who filed the technical protest), he should be given permission to race at that regatta.

Can I sand my Rudder ?

    Yes, but the overall outline shape of the rudder must not be changed.  

Can I replace the metal shaft?

    No the metal shaft cannot be replaced.

Can I replace the rudder tube?

   Yes, the tube that is fitted to the hull that becomes the rudder bearing can be replaced. Using alternate materials, such as carbon fiber tube to replace the brass tube is allowed.

Can I shorten the metal shaft ?

    No the metal shaft cannot be shortened.

Can I change the rudder horn connection point?

    Yes the metal shaft can be rotated, so the flat is in the desired position. Holes and filing of the horn connection point to accommodate alternate methods of attachment.

Can I remove the mold marks ?

    It is allowed to remove the mold marks, but not to change the thickness of the rudder.

 

Can I change the thickness of the rudder?

    No the thickness should not be changed. This is not controlled area other than being "as supplied by the manufacturer", but beware there are differences in kit supplied rudders.  

Can I sand the trailing edge ?

    Yes as long as the outline shape in not altered. The rudder on the left has been sanded to a knife edge, the one on the right is a brand new rudder, both have the same outline shape.

Can I round the corners of my Rudder ?

    Yes, but the overall outline shape of the rudder must not be changed and the rounding should be limited to less then a 1/4 diameter. Measure with a hole gauge.

What is a "Hole Gauge" ?

    Any tool that has a 1/4" round hole.  It can be a drill bit gage, a drafting gauge or even a knitting needle gauge.    It would be a size "K" crochet hook, a size 10 1/2 knitting needle, 0.250 inches or 6.5mm.

How do I use the hole Gauge ?

    Place the rudder corner to be measured under a 1/4" hole and compare the corner  to the curve of the hole.  

The first picture is of a new rudder and the corner can be clearly seen.  

 

The second picture is of a rudder approaching the limit of rounding,  the corner is still visible but only just.

Should the corner being measured have the same curve as the 1/4" round hole, it would be a good move for the skipper to purchase a replacement.

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