i was given a 12' ray greene sailboat (sloop-rigged "nipper" = "slipper" i'm told), but it has no rudder/tiller mechanism. i would be willing to buy one or, if someone has the specs for that application (or a complementary one), i would pay for the specs or pay someone to fabricate one.
on a similar note, albeit less critical, the craft has no batts for the sails, but, even though i'm not handy, i could probably find those or determine how to replicate them easier than i can the rudder/tiller assemblage. help w/this is also deeply appreciated.
any and all suggestions or comments are most welcome. i'm running out of options.
You have plenty of options.
The SIMPLIST way: Just go to a local sailmaker. Take the sail and have them fit some new battens. You DON'T need fancy tapered battens for this boat because these can be pricey. Make sure they check the pockets to be sure the battens will stay in, or you can simply have them sewn in. If the sail is in bad condition, you may want to have them check it over. Get estimates first. This is their busy season right now.
You could TRY to find someone else who has one these boats, and go look at it. OR, there might be a junked one around. Both of these are probably long shots.
Probably you will need to adapt an existing rudder, make a new one, or have a new one made.
The simplist route, assuming you have some way of trasporting this boat:
Take it to a boatyard, or someone who knows about this stuff and have them make one for you.
This way, you will be able to use the existing fittings and you won't have to mess around trying to make it fit. You will also need a tiller (assuming you don't still have that), and there are a number of other variables that could complicate this for the non sailor, so this is the preferred route, though possibly expensive.
It would be helpful if you could find the approximate dimensions and profile of the original. But not essential. I'll keep my eyes pealed for a photo of this boat on the internet. There are probably more of these boats near where you are since that's where they were built. But it was a long time ago. It's unlikely (though not impossible) that original plans or drawings are available.
You may also want to call these people to see if they have any suggestions.www.idasailor.com
Hope this is enough to get you started. Let me know how it works out.