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 Post subject: Homemade Rudder
PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 1:23 pm 

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Location: Laporte, Texas
Im thinking about putting a rudder on my Cobra Navigator. I havent seen one on this kayak before. Im going to be building homemade. Any ideas or pics of rudders you guys have built


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Rudder
PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 3:19 pm 

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I am looking to do the same on my fish n dive let me know if you find something that works and I will do the same


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Rudder
PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 6:59 pm 
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Location: Bayside, TX./Copano Bay
Here is a few pics of mine I made , but its on a different kayak (Pescador). It steers, raises, and lowers , just like a factory rudder. If you have any questions PM me.


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Rudder
PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 9:40 am 
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Texas80 wrote:
Here is a few pics of mine I made , but its on a different kayak (Pescador). It steers, raises, and lowers , just like a factory rudder. If you have any questions PM me.


Looks good. Do you have plans that you can send me?


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Rudder
PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 9:48 am 
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I would like to get a set of plans also


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Rudder
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 9:06 pm 
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I dont really have a set of plans , I just got a couple of pics from the internet , then just started coming up with what would work (trial and error). I could give you some basic deminsions , but it may not work for your yak.


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Rudder
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 11:33 pm 
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I have the same yak.


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Rudder
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 5:37 pm 
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What kind of material did you make that with? It looks great and just what I had in mind, but I am stumped on the material side?

Tks


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Rudder
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:59 am 
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hardyf wrote:
What kind of material did you make that with? It looks great and just what I had in mind, but I am stumped on the material side?

Tks

Its all made from Aluminum that I cut out with jigsaw , with stainless hardware. If you need any more info Pm me I'll be happy to help.


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Rudder
PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:04 pm 

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Texas80 wrote:
hardyf wrote:
What kind of material did you make that with? It looks great and just what I had in mind, but I am stumped on the material side?

Tks

Its all made from Aluminum that I cut out with jigsaw , with stainless hardware. If you need any more info Pm me I'll be happy to help.


Can you send me some info ? I am new here and guess newbs can not send pms. I just picked up my new Majic 14.5 and have started rigging it up.

thanks for the help


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Rudder
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:44 pm 
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Wow, Texas80. I liked my rudder system a lot better before I saw yours. Mine definitely needs at least a paint job. You might incorporate a couple ideas from my system into yours. Here's a pic in the up position.
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I use a bungie cord to keep it in the up position until I want it down. Then it only takes the movement of one cord to lower the unit, as follows:
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Another idea incorporated was the use of a "stiff" steering system. I used fiberglass tent poles cut to size and placed on ONE SIDE ONLY of the pivot. Then a stiff rod attached to a pulley system on one side of the kayak to turn it both ways.
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The advantage of the stiff steering system is the small pulley system required. I opted for a larger rudder for the addition of a small sail. I used the rudder in the bay and in the Gulf a short distance and it worked great with a large umbrella. The rudder also helped keep me pointed in the desired direction when anchored. I broke the bottom of the rudder off loading it onto the Jeep.


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