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Ruby's Rudder  
March 23, 2014. Bill Thomas has built a new rudder for his Ruby, Marscot/O'Day #4. We thought we'd hold off on this page until we found out whether it fit, or not - but we're going to take a chance. This started back on August 12, 2012 when we received the following update from Bill (edited).

Hi Ron,

Ruby, sadly, is on the hard again this year - she needs a new rudder. I had thought a yard I will not name, was going to make a new one last winter but they did not get to it. Strange as that's how they make a living.... Long story short, I'll make the rudder myself this winter, and with luck, jump on some other needed safety  and cosmetic up grades.


We got the following email (excerpted and edited) from Bill on November 13, 2013

Hey Ron,

Just checking in, and  to bring you up to date on Ruby. The short version, I've  made a new rudder - her old one pretty much fell off when we hauled her. Here's where we are right now.

Above - new rudder after the 6oz glass went on. Made from 2 pieces of 18mm marine grade plywood.

Right - the new rudder in primer

Webmaster Note: a reminder here for those of us feeling inadequate - Bill is a PRO at this stuff - his day job is at Wooden Boat teaching students there how to build boats

March 23, 2014 - update from Bill

The rudder is finished, I’ll send more and better photos as soon as I can. Does it fit? We’ll see soon.

Do you think he'll tell us if it doesn't fit?

Stay tuned





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