I want to set up a rudder on my Disco for sailing when Fluke and I do the run from Penobscot Bay to Portland, ME this summer. We're going to have portages and some upstream and downstream work so it has to be light and most importantly removable to be stored. I've got a few ideas and bounce some off of a canoe guru today. Just want to see what others can envision for something like this.
My biggest obstacle is that I don't really want to put any type of lugeye in the boat, I don't mind drilling holes in my boat mind ya, to hold the rudder in place. I haven't really found anything on the web for this and the homemade rigs I've seen are pretty cumbersome.
I have a sail rig utilizing my 12' pole, an 8'+ boom and is a triangle as well as a Spirit Sail for when I don't want to setup the big sail. I'm not looking to put in foot controls, just a tiller.
Any inventive minds out there that like DYI projects?
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Posted by: old_user on May-04-08 3:59 PM (EST)
I might be able to help and then again..|
Posted by: jackl on May-04-08 4:47 PM (EST)
I might not!
Posted by: sloopsailor on May-04-08 6:44 PM (EST)
How about mounting a couple of eye bolts with eye bolts on the rudder spaced the same distance apart. You set the rudder eye bolts on top of the ones on the canoe and drop a rod through the bolts. Simple, strong, cheap, light.
Posted by: Tommyc1 on May-04-08 7:15 PM (EST)
You don't want hardware on the end of your Disco. It will get smashed when you pole into a rock!
I'll be interested|
Posted by: Jsaults on May-05-08 8:25 AM (EST)
in how your solution works out. I was thinking about a demountable rudder system for my Magic & Spirit Sail combo. And like you, I am not interested in foot controls - just a tiller.
I have a related goal, to develop a|
Posted by: ezwater on May-05-08 1:33 PM (EST)
drop-skeg for our whitewater tandem boat, a very rockered 15' Mad River Synergy.
What I'd probably do|
Posted by: guideboatguy on May-05-08 5:59 PM (EST)
Okay, 2nd method. Lighter, simpler.|
Posted by: guideboatguy on May-05-08 6:20 PM (EST)
Take two lengths of angle stock 1.0 to 1.5 feet long. Mount one on each gunwale such that they meet at the top of the stern. At the meeting point of those pieces, built a pivot from three pieces of sheet metal. The center piece is firmly attached to the two pieces of angle stock. The other two pieces are above and below, and firmly attached to the pivot rod which controls the rudder. This won't make a very strong pivot, but it should do. On the pivot shaft below this plate assembly, build a "break-away" feature which allows the rudder or rudder shaft to tilt up if the rudder hits something. Alternatively (and better, since break-away effectiveness would not be compromised by steering angle), atach the steering-pivot assembly to the two gunwale brackets with some kind of hinge joint, held down at the free end by a weak spring (the lower end of the spring could attach to a hold drilled through the stem of the boat, as is used for "Tugeyes".