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Re: Is external rudder a good idea?
I like transom mounted rudders - they are simple, and when properly mounted - very reliable. The only downside tends to be weather helm when sailing to weather, but if the tiller is long enough that is not a big problem.
You mean that by fixing the tiller you reduced weather helm?
Transom mounted rudder makes it harder to steer (especially in strong wind when going upwind) compared to all other types of rudders. That can be counteracted to some degree by reducing sail area and having a long tiller. .
Krisscross, I am not sure if this is correct - that is not a rudder type problem, its a small tiller, no?