Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #33: Rudder Pedals and Foot Braces

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 07-22-2020 03:37 AM 650 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Time to Drill Holes Through the Hull
Installing rudder pedals and foot braces meant drilling a total of eight 1/4” holes through the hull. You want to get them right the first time. I positioned seats where they go and we both sat in our positions and experimented with the best pedal placement.

We installed the Keepers foot braces for the stern cockpit first. I drilled a 1/8” hole initially and screwed the braces in temporarily to test the fit.

Once confirmed, I drilled the 1/4” holes.

I bedded all the holes in 3M 5200 Fast Cure Marine Adhesive caulk. This is real good for through-hull fittings.

Installing the starboard bow rudder pedal assembly. This is for the Smart Track Rudder System, which is a toe control rudder.

Epoxy Disaster Update
I applied unthickened epoxy along the entire length of the keel rub strip to seal up a few spots where I went through the fiberglass.

View of keel approaching the transom.

Fit hip braces.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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