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 Post subject: PCG Rudder blade
PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:57 pm 
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I am looking for one of the black plastic rudder blades that came on the 17 Sport. I believe they were called PCG. The 17 I bought a couple of years ago has one of them ground down. Must have been drug on the trailer. Anyway I can not take it any more.


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 Post subject: Re: PCG Rudder blade
PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:21 am 
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The PCG rudders are just black plastic. If you can live with mis-matched rudders, get one of the white plastic rudders off eBay.

Both types of rudders "work", but there's a world of difference between them and a stiff fiberglass rudder. Plastic rudders = '76 Cadillac steering (mush). EPO rudders = race car steering (responsive).


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 Post subject: Re: PCG Rudder blade
PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:37 am 
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I've heard for years about the EPO rudder blades. Are they really worth the money. Can you really feel a difference? I would hate to spend that kind of money just to say "meh."


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 Post subject: Re: PCG Rudder blade
PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 3:33 pm 
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if you go fast at all, EPO's are the way to go.
The rudder is 'stiffer', with much greater 'feel', which in turn allows you a level of precision and drive that is awesome.

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 Post subject: Re: PCG Rudder blade
PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 6:11 pm 
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Composite rudders definitely have a performance advantage over the injection molded plastic rudders. That being said, if you are a casual sailor, the PCG/lexan rudders are probably ok. Also if you are a little rough on your equipment (let the rudders hit the bottom a lot) or if you want a no-maintenance rudder, the PCG is probably the way to go. The EPOs definitely have an advantage in upwind performance and overall handling. The new ones are very costly though. I would try to find a set of old ones and refurb them.

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 Post subject: Re: PCG Rudder blade
PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:11 am 
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I have a set of used lexan ones...cheap. Check out the classifieds.

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