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Catalina 30 rudder upgrade

Jan 25, 2018
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Catalina 30 Bittersweet Bristol
I thought Id share my rudder rebuild. it's been the best upgrade I've done so far. Boat handles so much better. I add 3 inches to the top front and 4inchs to the bottom. Trimmed about 1 1/2 off the back tapered up to the middle. I was told to make it look like a orca fin.
 

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Nov 7, 2011
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Catalina 30 Mk II Barnegat, NJ
@85bittersweet
Looks great!
What year is your C30? Were you copying from another boat's rudder? If not, how did you come up with the idea?
Thanks
 
Jan 25, 2018
7
Catalina 30 Bittersweet Bristol
Bittersweet is a 85. I just did some searching for upgraded rudder' s. I read that increasing front of post 15 percent helped lighten the steering but more affected the backing. I used the 2 part foam they sell at home Depot for setting posts. It worked well. Easy to shape. I had a guy fiberglass it because I have never done that before but after watching him I would do it myself. Boat handles so much better. Doesn't want to round up when overpowered