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We have a 1989 Beneteau 430 Oceanic and in shallow water,

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We have a 1989 Beneteau 430 Oceanic and in shallow water, our rudder was smashed in half. Are there replacements for these in Australia or what is the best design for remaking a new rudder?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Joe replied 1 year ago.

Hello Mike,

Thank you for allowing me to assist you, my name is Joe and I will be happy to assist you with your concern today.

You should be able to contact the manufacture of which they should be able to provide an replacement. If the choice is to have one made instead then the companies you will be able to have professionally build the replacement for you will know the correct materials to use per application.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you. I was unclear on the construction of the rudder but it seems the same as in this link.
The broken part is below the rudder post and is still there but not connected. I guess this design allows for the bottom part to be sacrificial and seems to have worked that way. We had no steering although the cables/tabernacle were undamaged. We have a boat builder looking at it this morning. Would they reconnect the old part and restrengthen the rudder given they can re-foam and re-fibreglass??
Thank you for your quick response.
Expert:  Joe replied 1 year ago.

Hi Michael,

The company that is looking at it will be able to determine if they can repair, they are built generally as a solid piece and thus in many times are replaced but in some cases repairs can be made successfully without issue, rudder damage is common and repairs come with that.



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