of the many ways to mount a rudder.
The stern on this kayak was left unfinished because a rudder block was to be attached later. With the kayak leveled, a simple jig helps to draw a vertical cut line.
|It takes a leap of faith to rip into a beautiful kayak with a saw like this.|
|Note the rounded fillet in the stem from the inside fiberglassing.|
lightweight block of wood is glued to the trimmed end and shaped freehand
with a plane, disk sander or a beltsander.
When I achieve a rough shape, I switch to an orbital sander to blend the block into the stern.
I found this wood block as a large piece of discarded shipping pallete. I think it may be bubinga (I am not sure) but it is very light and as red as any wood I have ever seen. A piece of the same size and half as nice could be purchased for mere $35 at a local hard wood place.
|4oz. cloth reinforces the bond|
|Fiberglassed rudder block ready to be sanded.|
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