Standard Rudders

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Foss Foam Products of Florida, Inc. manufactures sailboat rudders and centerboards.  Our products are produced with a gel-coat finish and rugged fiberglass shell. Each rudder is filled with foam under pressure. Foss Foam is high density (20 PSI), closed cell, polyurethane foam. This foam core is chemically bonded to the fiberglass shell. The formula for Foss Foam was formulated by Chuck Foss in the 1960’s and still remains a trade secret to this day.  Foss Foam is light weight, extremely strong and durable, and is impervious to gasoline and diesel.

 

 

Available Rudders
We have the ability to modify these rudders to fit many other boats or we can make a mold from your old rudder. Please don’t hesitate to call!
           
Cabo Rico - 38
Cal - Fun, 22, 24,25, 27, 9.2, 28, 31, 33, 35, 39 New & 39 Old
Cape Dory - 30
Captiva - 25, 25 Centerboard
Catalina  - 25, 30
Columbia - 29
Com-Pac - Order through manufacturer
Creative Marine Rudder, Centerboard
CSY - 44
Endeavour  - 32, 33, 35, 37, 38, 40, 42, 43, 52
Endeavour Cat - E-Cat44, Victory 35, Victory 36, Manta 40, Manta 42,
        E-Cat 30,34,36
Hunter Marine - All Sizes   All years
Islander - 40
Irwin - 28, 32, 33, 43
Marine Innovator - 17
Seidelman - 34
Mirage - 5.5
Morgan - 23 Centerboard, Large centerboard, Rudders - 30 and 30/2, 34, 383 & 384,
41,44, 45 (Cruising/racing), Antigua 51 - 53  
Nimble - All Models - All Years
O’Day - 19.2, 22.2, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 28, 30, 31, 32.2, 34, 35,
39, 40
Pearson  - 26, 27, 40 Thru Chip Lawson
Spindrift/Chrysler/OME/Starwind - Swing Keel, 19, 23, 27
Soverign - 17, 21/23 

S2 - 9.2, 11.0
Tanzer - Order through Tanzer Sailing Association
TMI - 27, 30
Watkins - 23 Centerboard - Rudders - 27, 29, 33, 36


Rudder Order Guidelines

Foss Foam Products of Florida produces more rudders than any other company in the US. Our production process requires that we have a mold in order to make a rudder. Our streamlined process allows us to make top quality parts at very reasonable prices and does not require shaping. The foil shape is determined by the mold. We have over 300 molds that cover more than a 40 year time period. In most instances boat companies provided us with the mold.  Since we have the original mold, there is no need for drawings.  Sometimes the manufacturers even provide the steel. They engineer the steel/rudder core based on the structural requirements for that model.

Over the years some of the original technical information has been lost. Since we are not involved in the installation process, we miss out on some modifications that might of taken place. Manufacturers often make changes without notifying us. In order to produce the right rudder we have to ask a lot of questions. Many customers get frustrated with this process. However, what is even more frustrating and costly is making a rudder that does not fit properly because of a lack of communication or information. 

Our new policy is that we require customers to sign off on a drawing on every rudder we build. Customers are required to verify dimensions, give us an exact exposed shaft length, and provide information on any other machining that is to be done on the shaft. 

 

Thanks,
Bob “Al” Walker