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Re: Starrett-Jenks Morgan45 info-opinions
Jeff.. there is a triangular section (widest at top) that looks like a balancing tab on the new rudder.. whether it proves to be adequate will quickly be discovered upon launch.
My brother had an early Ranger 28 years ago with a totally unbalanced rudder.. we lived in 'broach country' and that boat was a broach machine anyway, at one point he snapped a tiller handle in half.. The rudder had a vestigial skeg, we lopped a section of it off and attached it to the lower leading edge of the rudder. The difference under sail was remarkable, but we 'overdid' it and the propwash on the oversized tab made steering under power a bear. Still a decent tradeoff, but that 'balancing area' seems to be quite critical..
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