CARBON FIBER RUDDERS ARE AVAILABLE!!!!

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CARBON FIBER RUDDERS ARE AVAILABLE!!!!

Post by B-White » Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:18 pm

As some of you know,,I've been working with a company on getting FULLY CARBON rudders designed and built. The project is complete. They are available in 3' and 4' sizes. Both are hollow designed with internal ribs with a allum tube down the center.The 3' have 1 rib in the center. The 4' are designed with 2 ribs spaced out evenally in the center. The 3' rudders only weigh 5lbs each. The 4' will weigh in just a shade more.
The cool thing with these are that they will not ever ding or bend. They come already with the carbon print showing. You will not find a blimmish in them. No need in spending money on getting them pollished,painted or even wrapped. I know that some of the hollow alum rudders are close in weight,but i've owned a couple sets of them,they tend to crack along the edges. These will not. They come with a warranty against any manufactures deffect. 100% replacement,,,,not re-welded burning your paint,polish or wrap!
The bottom tab that your stearing hooks to is replacable. If for some reason you want to change to another boat or set-up,you can change that tab for a longer one to change your stearing ratio. It is easily done.
I have been running them for the past month with no problems. They have been on our ProMod boat with some pretty high speed passes. They've stood up to Nitrous passes also with no problems with handeling.
These things are just Bad AZZ!!!!

The 3' rudders are $910
The 4' rudders are $935
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I have a set on our race boat available to check out for anyone interested in Lochloosa.(2 mins from Jimmy Whites shop). I should also have a set of 3' and 4' available for purchase with in 2 wks. We will have the race boat at the benefit for Scorpion Airboats at Burnt Island on the 28th also if you want to check them out there.
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Post by bondsman » Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:38 pm

Don't take this the wrong way and not trying to be a dick. But do you really think there will be a market demand for them at a 1000 per set. When that is 60% more than the aluminum set will cost .
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Post by B-White » Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:06 pm

Sorry,,forgot to leave my #,,,,(352)234-7396
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Post by B-White » Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:16 pm

bondsman wrote:Don't take this the wrong way and not trying to be a dick. But do you really think there will be a market demand for them at a 1000 per set. When that is 60% more than the aluminum set will cost .
Not taken the wrong way at all. But to be honest,,,that's the same thing I heard my dad say 20 yrs ago about carbon props,,now he owns one,,,,that's also what I said about 20" rims,,,now I own some,,,to answer your question,,,their is amarket for anything,,,hell they sell bottled water,,lol. No,,everyone is not gonna want them or think their a good idea. I myself own a set and LOVE them. 25 yrs ago,who would of thought you would see a metal flake airboat? Or even a carbon fiber hull,,,,there everywhere now,,lol. I don't think they will take over the airboat world but neither has cadillac motors,,,but some will have to have them..
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Post by DWEST » Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:28 pm

B-White wrote:
bondsman wrote:Don't take this the wrong way and not trying to be a dick. But do you really think there will be a market demand for them at a 1000 per set. When that is 60% more than the aluminum set will cost .
Not taken the wrong way at all. But to be honest,,,that's the same thing I heard my dad say 20 yrs ago about carbon props,,now he owns one,,,,that's also what I said about 20" rims,,,now I own some,,,to answer your question,,,their is amarket for anything,,,hell they sell bottled water,,lol. No,,everyone is not gonna want them or think their a good idea. I myself own a set and LOVE them. 25 yrs ago,who would of thought you would see a metal flake airboat? Or even a carbon fiber hull,,,,there everywhere now,,lol. I don't think they will take over the airboat world but neither has cadillac motors,,,but some will have to have them..
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Post by swampdragster » Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:25 pm

I like them...I have had every kind u can think of, the alum. air foyl type that I mostly use seem to get a lot of cracks and I end up tig welding them up from time to time. one day I will have some :thumbleft:
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Post by Bubba » Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:17 pm

I would like some too. Do you take payments lol ???
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Post by B-White » Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:27 pm

Bubba wrote:I would like some too. Do you take payments lol ???
After the NARA race in Oct,,,,we might work something out,,,these are the only advantage I have on you right now,,lol
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Post by bondsman » Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:15 pm

B-White wrote:
bondsman wrote:Don't take this the wrong way and not trying to be a dick. But do you really think there will be a market demand for them at a 1000 per set. When that is 60% more than the aluminum set will cost .
Not taken the wrong way at all. But to be honest,,,that's the same thing I heard my dad say 20 yrs ago about carbon props,,now he owns one,,,,that's also what I said about 20" rims,,,now I own some,,,to answer your question,,,their is amarket for anything,,,hell they sell bottled water,,lol. No,,everyone is not gonna want them or think their a good idea. I myself own a set and LOVE them. 25 yrs ago,who would of thought you would see a metal flake airboat? Or even a carbon fiber hull,,,,there everywhere now,,lol. I don't think they will take over the airboat world but neither has cadillac motors,,,but some will have to have them..

Those are good points. I keep forgetting we are in the age of money air boaters.if I could spend big money on a boat I would love those rudders. If you are gonna build your best boat might as well use the best parts. Thanks for being an innovator. :thumbleft:
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Post by B-White » Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:33 pm

bondsman wrote:
B-White wrote:
bondsman wrote:Don't take this the wrong way and not trying to be a dick. But do you really think there will be a market demand for them at a 1000 per set. When that is 60% more than the aluminum set will cost .
Not taken the wrong way at all. But to be honest,,,that's the same thing I heard my dad say 20 yrs ago about carbon props,,now he owns one,,,,that's also what I said about 20" rims,,,now I own some,,,to answer your question,,,their is amarket for anything,,,hell they sell bottled water,,lol. No,,everyone is not gonna want them or think their a good idea. I myself own a set and LOVE them. 25 yrs ago,who would of thought you would see a metal flake airboat? Or even a carbon fiber hull,,,,there everywhere now,,lol. I don't think they will take over the airboat world but neither has cadillac motors,,,but some will have to have them..

Those are good points. I keep forgetting we are in the age of money air boaters.if I could spend big money on a boat I would love those rudders. If you are gonna build your best boat might as well use the best parts. Thanks for being an innovator. :thumbleft:
Hey,,,I remember the very day I drove down to Inverness to pick up a new set of rudders from Dave Stratton. When I got their he told me they went from 240 to 260,,,I about flipped! But on my way home while looking at them in the pass seat of my truck,I thought to myself, who in their right mind pays that for a set of rudders???..lol...the next 3 sets I bought from him,,I b!#$@ed and complained,,,smiling all the way home...that man did BEAUTIFUL work...
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Post by aherr520 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:14 pm

what is the weight of the 4' rudders?
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Post by cflacowboy001 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:24 pm

WOW :shock: the ECONOMY must be coming back 40,000 to 80,000+ airboats now 1,000 dollar rudders dang ...... good luck to ya !

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Post by JAMES » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:30 pm

WILL THEY HELP MY BOAT RUN DRY :wink:
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Post by B-White » Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:05 pm

JAMES wrote:WILL THEY HELP MY BOAT RUN DRY :wink:
Their ONLY carbon fiber rudders,,,,their not prayers sent down from heaven!!
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Post by Bruce » Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:07 pm

B-White wrote:
JAMES wrote:WILL THEY HELP MY BOAT RUN DRY :wink:
Their ONLY carbon fiber rudders,,,,their not prayers sent down from heaven!!
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Post by dantheairboatman » Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:51 pm

great product! it will sale just fine 8) just more cool junk for our airboats :)
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Post by HuntingBigun » Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:12 am

PICTURES :?: :?: :?: COngrats for getting somthing new, :cheers: :cheers:
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Post by GeeLeDouche » Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:46 am

They sound awesome! I'd like to see some pictures as well. Great idea and great job on putting the idea into motion and being an innovator. :)
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Post by Olf Art » Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:49 am

B-White wrote:Hey,,,I remember the very day I drove down to Inverness to pick up a new set of rudders from Dave Stratton. When I got their he told me they went from 240 to 260,,,I about flipped! But on my way home while looking at them in the pass seat of my truck,I thought to myself, who in their right mind pays that for a set of rudders???..lol...the next 3 sets I bought from him,,I b!#$@ed and complained,,,smiling all the way home...that man did BEAUTIFUL work...
I couldn't agree more brother White. I had the last boat Dave Stratton ever rigged, and he was one of the finest fabricators that ever struck an arc. He was so good that the trailing edge of his rudders was a perfect welded bead down the back of those two edges of aluminum sheet ..... no rivets required.

While he was still building my boat he called me up one morning and asked me if it'd be OK if he built 12 sets of rudders for Mark Robicheaux, the boat builder over in Louisiana. He said it would put my job back about a week but that he could make some good money on that order, and he wanted to know if it would be alright with me. Well of course it was (I wasn't in any hurry) but that's the kind of guy he was.
Robicheaux sent a guy in a van over when they were done, loaded all 12 sets in the back of it, and hauled them back to LA to put on their boats. Dave Stratton was a master craftsman, and one helluva good guy besides.

Congratulations on your new CF rudders! They'll be a fine addition to what's available out there.
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Post by B-White » Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:53 pm

HuntingBigun wrote:PICTURES :?: :?: :?: COngrats for getting somthing new, :cheers: :cheers:
Bigun,,,,I will have some pictures up soon. For anyone interseted,,google HAMMERHEAD Aiation. Go to their website and check out their work. They build everything from race car hoods,prop nose cones, High Pro wing tips, to Airplane instrument panels. These guys are not your shade tree Carbon fiber guys.
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Post by SteveReid » Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:01 pm

Give HuntingBigun a set, he will do a test then we all will want a set!!

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Post by Saltgrass Retrievers » Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:39 pm

Is there any real advantge to these or is just for looks?

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Post by Airboatcapt2 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 4:46 pm

I am interested in buying some. Need a picture to see if it will even work for us. Please e-mail me a picture. airboatcapt2@aol.com
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Post by cuban cracker » Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:22 pm

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