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Old 07-03-2013
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Spade rudders vs blue water passage making


"Rudder Lost at Sea" "--------" comes to mind...

Given the rarity we hear about lost rudders (and keels) it makes me wonder if the older boat designs were just more rugged then newer boats.

Or? Are owners of older boats just very very lucky?

Can a spade rudder be made stronger then the boat it's mounted in? I say yes, and it's not necessarily a good thing.

Rudder tube to deck or cockpit vs top bearing and stuffing box below water line?

Rudder to skeg or keel; the weak point seems to be the bottom where it is held in or on the keel/skeg I've seen allot of looseness in many boats in that area, which seems to be a very neglected piece of hardware below the water line.

Would I be somewhat correct in guessing; rudders with support at the bottom are actually under built and weaker then a spade rudder in the same size range?

Just wondering what the Jury thinks
Denise, Bristol PA, Oday 30. On Tidal Delaware River, Anchor Yacht Club. New Website!
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