Hobie Outback 2019 Bent Rudder

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I did use a heat gun and it got me back on the water today. A more permanent solve is in progress. Gonna finish it up once I can get my hands on a respirator again... 


Will post photos of the process. 

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Heat gun worked as a temporary solve but it's already starting to bend again. 


Here's my first shot at a permanent solution. Not perfect but I consider this an alpha. 




Here's the problem. 




Here's the solution. 




Going a little bigger will hopefully improve performance but it also created a small problem. I'll get to that... 




2 sheets of fiberglass each side. 3 near the joint. After if dried, I cut it out with a jigsaw and sanded it to shape.


If I did this again, I would glass one side at a time. Glassing both at once created more sanding because the bottom side will be flat while the top side takes the shape of the wood. 




End result. After this I just used the old rudder as a template to match size and position of the 3 holes needed to attach the rudder to the kayak. 




And here's the problem I mentioned. I matched the dimensions of the plywood to that of the old rudder but didn't account for what the fiberglass would add.

There's room for this extra size everywhere but the housing at the top of the rudder.


This makes it not sit totally flush with the bottom of the kayak. 


I'm still going to use it but extra caution will be needed when landing and placing the boat on the ground. 


Anyway, that's how you make a 20 dollar rudder. 

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Nice job! Don't know why it bent other then fairly skinny piece pretty long maybe sitting in sun with sun light on one side tends to warp it, others have posted it also.....jack

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Nice work! Consider white culling board material, it won’t be affected by seasonal swelling or shrinkage.

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I have the same exact issue with my 2019 rudder. Bent rudder and  Turns hard left under way. I’m going to look into the cutting Board idea 

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