DIY Rudder Cap Retrofit?

4 months 4 days ago #35269 by Crab Stick
Cheers all,
I'm currently doing a few DIY repairs on my Spec Ski - having now replaced the missing Bungee Cable to the Foot Pedals - I am now considering a retrofit of the missing ( rectangular ) rudder access hatch ( or cap ). It appears that nearly all modern replacement Caps are circular, whereas mine is square or rectangular in shape. I have a few basic ideas of what I might use to seal the open hatch without resorting to forming a new section with glass - some hardened plastic cut to shape would surely do. Any other suggestions from the brains trust before I venture alone?

Attached pic is what I am looking at ...

Best, Crab Stick
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4 months 4 days ago #35274 by tve
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Why cover? I'd leave it open. Makes it easier to inspect for damage or other problems, and also avoids trapping water in there during storage.
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4 months 4 days ago #35276 by mickeyA
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I would certainly leave it open.  BUT, you have to fill in the 4 holes to disallow water from getting into the hull.  Permanent epoxy best, or can just put screws back in, preferably w/ some sort of caulk.  Water entering the rudder tube will simply run out of bottom, and water entering the steering cable tubes will come out the other end of the tubes or back where it came from, not the hull.

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4 months 3 days ago #35277 by Crab Stick
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Thanks for the suggestions gents ... I'll just leave the lid off then - the previous owner stated the very reason the hatch was missing was for ease of inspection also; is this a common practice? I have replaced the missing screws to fill the holes with washers for now and will bed in with some silicon for future security. I had thought it would make the Ski look tidier to replace the hatch ... but looks aren't everything.

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4 months 3 days ago #35282 by robin.mousley

the previous owner stated the very reason the hatch was missing was for ease of inspection also; is this a common practice?

Yep, certainly is here.  I've taken the cover off every ski I've owned (except for the Carbonology boats, where the rudder shaft head sticks up above the deck.  It would be dangerous to leave that exposed in the surf, so on my Zest I left the cover on.)

Rob

Currently Fenn Swordfish S, Epic V10 Double.
Previously: Think Evo II, Carbonology Zest, Fenn Swordfish, Epic V10, Fenn Elite, Red7 Surf70 Pro, Epic V10 Sport, Genius Blu, Kayak Centre Zeplin, Fenn Mako6, Custom Kayaks ICON, Brian's Kayaks Molokai, Brian's Kayaks Wedge and several others...
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4 months 2 days ago #35287 by Wombat661
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Get a scratch resistance polycarbonate clear cover from McMaster.

https://www.mcmaster.com/polycarbonate
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