behold....the Machete

I recently built this rudder for Cali waters. Getting good feed back. Anybody else think they'd be interested? If I get enough response I may mold it. The rudder/removable kelp cutter assembly would cost about $250 installed.

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Submitted by aquafiend65 on Wed, 11/28/2007 - 9:15am

Won't the pivot point placement give the rudder too much leaverage in big conditions?

#1 Wed, 11/28/2007 - 10:29am

Behold the most expensive rudder I have ever seen!!

#2 Wed, 11/28/2007 - 11:07am

Hahaha....very funny poopoo. Handmade balsa core, Carbon skinned, removable kelp cutter. Kelp cutter insert can accept different style/sized kelp cutters for other rudders or running w/o. It always amazes me how people balk at the cost of a skilled craftsman doing something right. Quality is not for everyone i guess.
Whitewater....its not a surfing rudder. Granted, I can manipulate the pivot point some, but you cant have a super responsive vertical leading-edged rudder that cuts through kelp, eel grass and trash. This is for the other extreme/conditions.

#3 Wed, 11/28/2007 - 12:41pm

aquafiend I don't think that this a place to sell your goods. I happen to know that the person who runs this site has started to make canoes and I have never seen him use the site to try and sell the canoes. Also some other prolific posters are in business with him and they have stayed away from posting anything about their new business. I am not going to mention what canoes they are building because I know they do not want to use this site for that purpose. Lets keep this forum about paddling and not use it for personal profit. If you would like to sell your rudders you should try and use the classified section or better yet pay for an ad so that Keizo doesn't have to pay out of his own pocket every month to keep up and running.

#4 Wed, 11/28/2007 - 12:51pm

aquafiend, I don't doubt the craftmanship especially since you have orbited the earth, but $250 for a rudder? I think I'd rather jump off my boat and peel it off myself.

nevslin is right. Its for your own safety. There's this other boat builder on this forum and he gets eaten alive every time he posts on here. Don't be that guy...


#5 Wed, 11/28/2007 - 1:46pm

Point well taken. Im not selling them, just seeing if there is any interest. Im discussing proper advertising of actual product with keizo. Ive taken the slap on the hand to heart.

#6 Wed, 11/28/2007 - 1:53pm


Wow, I know that you are probably a skilled craftsman, but $250, yikes!!! I don't think you'll have many takers on this one.

Actually, I like dragging the kelp, gives me a better workout!!

#7 Wed, 11/28/2007 - 3:01pm

it better be a bad ass rudder at nearly 10% of the cost of a new boat. in your business plan, how much do you plan on selling complete boats for. just curious...

either that, or all boats are crap out there and are priced accordingly.

#8 Wed, 11/28/2007 - 4:54pm

hey aquafriend,
didnt u start a post about paying to much money recently, wow how ironic

#9 Wed, 11/28/2007 - 5:06pm

Im just curious, but how many other people are out there who cant afford to plunk down the $250 for a new fancy rudder? Seems like for every person who has one there are 50+ people who want it but cant afford it. Do the rudders really need to cost so much? Are there alternatives to the outright pruchase? Do any builders offer financing? Just curious…….

Couldn't help myselff....

#10 Wed, 11/28/2007 - 5:15pm

Ahhhh, see you make my point for me. No one's bashed the concept/design, only the price. If I say they will cost $25, who then will balk at the price? Not many. (only then will there be those who will say they wouldnt want it at any price. Those are the ones who are just divisive and will criticize anything.)
But there is a need for a good kelp rudder. As I said, its a concept. They are very labor intensive and if I ever build them I will charge what they are worth. Those who need them will buy them. Thanks for the input. Ive gotten over 40 emails of interest.

#11 Wed, 11/28/2007 - 6:41pm

Also, allow me to reiderate the concept. A high performance kelp rudder that comes with a kelp cutter. The kelp cutter is removable, allowing for the use of a dagger rudder w or w/o a kelp cutter that fits with the dagger rudder. Forget the pricing for now (if you can) Would you like this option?

#12 Wed, 11/28/2007 - 6:45pm

Hi, I'm new here. But guess what? I'm awesome. I make important things, that lots of cool people want. They are willing to pay a lot of money for them. If you think they are too expensive, then you are divisive. Did I mention that I get TONS of emails? Yeah, like, 40 per day.
I want to post all of this, so you will all know how cool I am.
Why does everyone pick on me? Just because I love myself for being so awesome... is that wrong?

Let me start a new topic with an interesting question: I'm going to make some things. Does anyone want to buy them? If so, please contact me.

#13 Wed, 11/28/2007 - 9:01pm

Also, let me make this absolutely clear.

I want to sell you some stuff. Please give me your money.

#14 Wed, 11/28/2007 - 9:02pm

Goto, I'd like to buy the things you make. I'll email you with interest so you can brag about me emailing you with interest even though I'll probably never buy anything from you because they are way too expensive.

#15 Wed, 11/28/2007 - 10:45pm

Behold! The $50 Super Kelp Shredder! I'll personally come along with you on your one man run and I will cut the kelp off your rudder for the low low price of $50. Kelp caught on your rudder? No problem I'll have it off in a jiffy. Tired of the outrageously high prices of other kelp cutters? Look no further. Call 1-800-I'll-cut-kelp-off-you-ass-for-cheap and we'll solve all your problems.

#16 Wed, 11/28/2007 - 10:55pm

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