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Ron Volk

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kelp removal
« on: January 19, 2014, 09:41:55 PM »

Does anybody have any secrets regarding removing kelp off the rudder while racing or just sailing.  I don't seem to have a problem of it catching and staying on the keel or prop but it sure hangs up on the rudder. Other than heading up and back winding the main,(which sure puts a damper on your direction and speed), does anybody have any suggestions?  It seem that the rudder sits underneath to far to get anything to clean it. It's not if, but when, no matter how careful you are in our area you'll get kelped.
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Re: kelp removal
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2014, 08:53:59 AM »

Hi Ron...

I feel your pain with the Kelp problems here in SoCal. 

I tried doing a little search and only came up with this: 

http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=152724

It seems there are some "Kelp Hooks out there even made from carbon fiber that will reach far enough down to get to the rudder. 
Many folks just go in reverese and free the rudder.   :abd:
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Re: kelp removal
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2014, 10:08:55 AM »

Hi Ron,

This knife may help. I carry one for tangled lobster pot warp on the prop. I have an 8' foot extension and can reach the prop from the boarding ladder. It is very sharp and very effective. One pull and the cut is complete. It may help with your kelp problem.

http://store.hamiltonmarine.com/browse.cfm/hook-knife-emergency-prop-tangle-cutter-14-handle-740349-/4,46663.html

Gary

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Ron Volk

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Re: kelp removal
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2014, 10:47:12 AM »

Kevin, thanks for you reply.

It doesn't look like anybody has any good fixes for a rudder mounted under the boat, but 'Jerryj2me' kept the blog interesting by looking forward to his next blog.  Racing downwind, I guess you have to make a decision if your speed loss with the kelp on the rudder outweighs heading up, back winding your main to go backwards and clearing the kelp. Maybe I will just hope everybody else has kelp on their rudders also.
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Re: kelp removal
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2014, 11:02:04 AM »

Gary, thanks for the reply.

It would probably have to be modified some especially running that sharp edge down the forward edge of the rudder, but it might work by running it down the side of the rudder and have it grab the kelp.  Also a good idea regarding cutting the pot lines as we deal with those also.
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Re: kelp removal
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2014, 01:06:59 PM »

If memory serves me, the sharp edges are on the interior of the knife hook.....I suspect the knife would travel down the rudder without harm. I am thinking that cutting 1/2 of the streaming kelp might allow for water friction to help pull the other half off the rudder....

More theory than actual experience with kelp. The blue handle comes off with a push button and a boat hook (mop handle) extension is used to extend length.

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Re: kelp removal
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2014, 08:18:58 AM »

There has been a few times that I have gone down the boarding ladder (1988 model) and cut one side of the kelp with a kitchen knife as far forward as I can reach. The kelp was then just pulled off by the resistance of the other side.
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