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post #17 of Old 07-03-2013
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Re: Is external rudder a good idea?

Originally Posted by SVTatia View Post
You mean that by fixing the tiller you reduced weather helm?

Krisscross, I am not sure if this is correct - that is not a rudder type problem, its a small tiller, no?
Longer tiller requires less force to counteract the pressure on the rudder. But the pressure increases quite a bit when the wind is very strong and I'm going to weather. Part of my particular problem is a relatively small swing keel of my boat, which causes quite a bit of leeway, requiring keeping the rudder more sideways to stay on course. So in my case it is a combined effect of several factors. I still love the fact that my transom rudder does not require a hole in my boat.

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