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Old 07-05-2013
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Re: Spade rudders vs blue water passage making

From everything I have read... a Skeg or keel hung rudder is also less likely to stall. The Skeg and Keel hung rudders wind up more like the flaps on an airplane wing. While the Spade rudder does allow for faster low speed turning.. if you crank her over at speed, you risk a real chance of stalling and no turning at all.

But.. it is a matter of just knowing your boat. I know in my Seasprite 23, I -have- to turn the rudder harder over to tack as compared to the Grampian 23 my parents had
Art Haberland

In the end all that matters is how fully you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things that did not belong to you -Buddha


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