New W32 rudder being made

  • January 23, 2014 7:30 AM
    Message # 1481479
    I have an order for a new rudder for a Westsail 32, and a company that has agreed to make it.  They specialize in replacement rudders, keels, and tillers, and they currently make replacement tillers for me.

    It will be a one-off, using vinylester resin and high density foam, with additional reinforcement in stress areas, and will have tubes bonded in to accept the bronze pintal pins.  .

    This rudder will fit a Westsail 32 with fiberglass gudgeons, and will have the trailing edge of the rudder thinned down for better water flow.

    If there are other W32 owners needing, or wanting, a new rudder, they can make a mold, and reduce the cost somewhat over a one-off rudder.  This first one is needed by the end of July, so if I receive additional orders, they can make a mold instead, and duplicate the rudders.  They can also make fiberglass gudgeons if necessary.

    Contact me if you are interested.
  • September 27, 2018 6:03 AM
    Reply # 6695162 on 1481479

    Can anyone tell me the weight of the WS32 rudder??

  • October 06, 2018 7:06 PM
    Reply # 6710454 on 1481479
    Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The weight of the W32 rubber - hmm - I recall that assuming it has not been filled with water - when I removed Pygmalion's rudder - it took Dave King and I to pick the rudder up when horizontal to move it.  It wasn't that heavy but quite large and bulky.  

    I found that after removing the tiller - and suspending the rudder with a halyard - that I could manage removal and installation by myself with the yard's cadaver table.  

    This is not what you asked but hopefully it helps.  


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  • February 24, 2019 5:59 AM
    Reply # 7184310 on 1481479

    Hey Bud,

    Hope all is well. Real interested in the possibility of having some fiberglass  gudgeons made up for Agua Azul. Please let me know if this is still possible.


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