[Public-List] Rudder Shoe Project Progress

John Boor mahseer at kos.net
Tue Sep 18 03:58:03 PDT 2012


I do not need a shoe, but if you can keep costs below $100 I think every
one would pay a little extra to have the pintle hole drilled.

John Boor

> Hi Everybody,
> Pete McEvoy here with an update on my progress casting the new rudder
> shoes. It has been slow going- my apologies- but I've been busy with other
> boat projects, jobs, life etc. I've been savoring this project though, and
> it is coming along well. I've now got a two-part plaster mold made of an
> original, unused rudder shoe (provided courtesy of Mike Lehman) and a few
> copies of said original, cast in Hydrocal white. Hydrocal white is a hard
> plaster with virtually zero shrinkage. The purpose of this is to have
> inexpensive, accurate copies of the original.
> I've uploaded photos of the moldmaking process so you guys can see how the
> mold was made. It is a simple two-part mold. Feel free to ask any
> questions
> if you'd like to know more about this. You can find the photos here:
> .Anyhow, the exciting news is that within the next two weeks we should be
> casting a test batch of 4-6 rudder shoes. We will be doing sand casting,
> which will keep costs way down. So *right now, I am looking for folks
> interested in having one of the shoes from this first batch*.The shoes
> will
> come out of the casting with no holes drilled, and no pintle hole drilled.
> That means you will have to do that part yourself. Let me know if you'd
> prefer a pre-drilled pintle hole and I'll go ahead and do that. Right now
> I'm more focused on keeping costs down for you all which means a bit more
> DIY.
> The cost should be less than $100 at the most, and could be significantly
> cheaper. I'm not factoring in my own time here since this is a fun
> project,
> and the cost will mostly be based off the price of bronze and propane for
> running the furnace. Are there any interested parties? First come, first
> served!
> Here's the link to the mold photos:
> http://s1164.photobucket.com/albums/q574/petexii/
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