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Initially Posted - 02/11/2019 :  10:31:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm looking on Catalina Direct, I see these two rudders that I'm interested in. Does anyone have actual experience with either of these? I am leaning toward the kick-up rudder, but it's hard to imaging that the vertical channel doesn't torque and twist (though the listed info says it is rigid).

Any real world experience appreciated. I can't wait for the season to start, with a new rudder. My Mark 1 original has all of the problems noted on the many rudder related forum discussions.

As a long shot, maybe someone has the Mark II rudder that they would sell me, and I can modify that?

Kick-up: https://www.catalinadirect.com/index.cfm/product/2842_686/c-250-kick-up-uni-foil-rudder-wpintles--tiller-blue-water.cfm
HDPE: https://www.catalinadirect.com/index.cfm/product/4684_686/c-250-blue-water-rudder-hdpe-water-ballast-w-pintles--shims.cfm

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-Richard


'95 C250 WB #61
Midway, UT

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Response Posted - 02/11/2019 :  13:19:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I found this topic from last year in the archive. Makes me want to shy away from the HDPE version:

http://www.catalina-capri-25s.org/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=31011&SearchTerms=HDPE,crack

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Response Posted - 02/12/2019 :  11:12:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Last year I got the "blue water" kick up one - tiller version. It's heavy duty and performs very well. It's about a foot deeper than my 'short' Gen 3 that came with my '04WB. I don't have round up issues unless a big gust comes through but even then control is great. Works well with the tiller clutch. That said, I sail in a lake so I'm not fighting current or much wave action. I've been out in 15-20 steady but nothing over that.
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Response Posted - 02/12/2019 :  13:06:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
k3fuller, thank you for the feedback. So that vertical channel on which the tiller mounts doesn't torque and flex? I too am on a lake, 15-20 is pretty normal in the afternoon but usually for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Other than that 7-12.

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Response Posted - 02/12/2019 :  14:53:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No, not at all. It's very stout. The whole thing is quite heavily built in my opinion.

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