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Rudder trouble!

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  1. McGhee62

    McGhee62

    Joined Mar 31, 2018
    3 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 22
    Slowish Camel US Freshwater marina
    Newbie sailor learning on a freshwater lake in Alabama. I bought a Cat 22 because of all the good things I've heard and the price was right. My problem the rudder broke almost in two about the water line the the 4th time I took her out. My wife was onboard for the first time. Still living that down. Looking for a replacement. I tried making one but the wheels feel off quick. Can I use a rudder from a 25? (Saw one online that was reasonable). Any advice on what I can do is appreciated. The Camel is 33 years old and in great condition. I don't live in a sailing hotbed so not a lot of kindred spirits close by.
     


  2. LakeShark

    LakeShark

    Joined Sep 15, 2016
    321 posts, 106 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Minnesota
    Try asking this on the c22 forum and On the Catalina 22 Facebook group. There were a couple rudders for sale there not long ago.

    The rudder from a c25 will be to large and unless your ruder grudgons have been replaced they will be a different size for a c25.

    There are also a number for c22 fleets in your area so I would suggest contacting them as often racers will have a parts boat or may know of a lead for a rudder. If cost is no issue and your not racing then the rudder craft rudder is a favorite of many and from what I hear is far superior to the stock rudder. Hope that helps

    https://www.catalina22.org/index.php/regions-a-fleets#fleets-in-region-3

    https://ruddercraft.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=181_32
     


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  3. McGhee62

    McGhee62

    Joined Mar 31, 2018
    3 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 22
    Slowish Camel US Freshwater marina
    Thanks, I'll start there and post how it's going. Thanks again!
     


  4. JimInPB

    JimInPB

    Joined Aug 22, 2017
    963 posts, 268 likes
    Hunter 212 & 170
    us West Palm Beach
  5. AaronD

    AaronD

    Joined Aug 10, 2014
    108 posts, 15 likes
    Catalina 22
    US St Helens
    +1 on the Rudder Craft rudders. We love ours.

    If you decide to go with a used one, the classifieds here are a good bet, or there are often a few on eBay. Be sure you know the size and spacing of your gudgeons; you might decide this is the right time to upgrade from 3/8" to 1/2". Personally, if I were buying a used kick-up rudder, I'd want to inspect the casting pretty carefully (or at least get really good pictures). The stainless pintles pass through the aluminum casting, causing bi-metallic corrosion. My own casting was corroded pretty badly (which was why I now have the Rudder Craft).
     


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  6. SG

    SG

    Joined Feb 11, 2017
    1,060 posts, 170 likes
    J/Boat J/160
    US Annapolis
    Newbie sailor learning on a freshwater lake in Alabama. I bought a Cat 22 because of all the good things I've heard and the price was right. My problem the rudder broke almost in two about the water line the the 4th time I took her out. My wife was onboard for the first time. Still living that down. Looking for a replacement. I tried making one but the wheels feel off quick. Can I use a rudder from a 25? (Saw one online that was reasonable). Any advice on what I can do is appreciated. The Camel is 33 years old and in great condition. I don't live in a sailing hotbed so not a lot of kindred spirits close by.

    Thank goodness that I misread your post. I thought that you were looking to replace your wife. :^)))

    As for replacing your rudder: https://www.catalinadirect.com/index.cfm/category/78/rudders.cfm
     


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  7. McGhee62

    McGhee62

    Joined Mar 31, 2018
    3 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 22
    Slowish Camel US Freshwater marina
    Adder reading my post I need to clarify something, I'm looking for another rudder, not a wife. Just saying!
     


  8. Jacktar

    Jacktar

    Joined Sep 14, 2014
    630 posts, 225 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Pensacola, Florida
    Good news, not much market availability on used wives who like sail-boating.
     


  9. john6206

    john6206

    Joined Feb 19, 2008
    74 posts, 7 likes
    Catalina Capri 18
    US ann arbor
    The first time I took my wife out I kept repeating in my head, "don't do anything embarrassing, don't do anything embarrassing." Then I walked face first into a (very clean) glass door.

    I'd never had a bloody nose before that - man, was it a gusher!
     



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