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Re: Bob Perry's take on Wolfenzee's dream boat
This looks like the kind of rudder which could give a huge improvement in downwind control on a Catalina or a Vega, which have an even better transom angle for this type of rudder. A skeg would make it far tougher. It would also greatly simplify self steering, autohelm steering and inside steering.
You hit on one of the two reasons that I gravitated to a transom hung rudder. As you note, the first reason is ability to build a simplified self steering system with a rudder mounted, vertical axis ,servo actuatated by a angled axis vane. That servo would also allow a smaller autopilot and less electrical usage for the autopilot. The second attraction is the ability to unship it and repair it at sea.
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