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Re: Why does Tanzer 22 turn faster than Morgan 22?

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Originally Posted by Mor22 View Post
SchocktT- could you explain the "turning faster is not necessarily the fastest way to turn"

I am looking at making the rudder more of a foil shape to improve handling. If anyone has any favorite web information links for a project like this, please share.

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I didn't see a response to your question about "turning faster". One answer is that turning your rudder too fast can increase the angle of attack of your rudder and stall it, just like an airplane wing. If your keel arrangement does not have the hydrodynamic "lift" to allow a quick turn, you may be stalling your rudder in your haste to turn. That can be counterproductive if you not only reduce the hydrodynamic "lift" of the rudder, but also turn it into a brake. SchockT was implying that you might actually slow your turn rate by turning your rudder hard over and stalling it.
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