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Peterborough Cedar Rib Rudder

Discussion in 'Canoe Sailing' started by Blott, Aug 4, 2016.

  1. Blott

    Blott LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Having picked up a set of lee boards from Dan Miller at the Assembly which are more in keeping with the age of my canoe I am now looking at the rudder. Does anyone have any ideas what shape the rudder would have been? I have in mind to build one and replicate the lee board shape to keep everything looking aesthetically correct.



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  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    I've not been able to find a canoe rudder illustrated in any of the Peterborough catalogs available at but I may have missed something. The descriptions in the 1927 catalog offered a wooden rudder for $3 or a "steel drop blade rudder" for $7. The 1921 catalog showed square bottomed rudders on the skiffs and rounded ones on the dinghys as shown below. The pictures at show the progression of rudder shapes on Old Town canoes over time. Let us know what you decide.


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  3. Michael Grace

    Michael Grace Lifetime Member

    Hi Nick - Apologies for responding without an answer. I've looked and looked but cannot yet find any more rudder info in my materials than Benson did. Any luck with info from the Canadian Canoe Museum?

    I wanted to respond to your photo - nice haul of loot from the Assembly! It was great to meet you there. Looking forward to next year!

  4. Todd Bradshaw

    Todd Bradshaw Sailmaker

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  5. OP

    Blott LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Thanks Todd. That was my refurbishment blogg! I will pull the centre one out from wherever I put it and see how we get on.
  6. Todd Bradshaw

    Todd Bradshaw Sailmaker

    Oh......uhhhh..... then I guess you've already seen the photo :)

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