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Wink Re: Is external rudder a good idea?

Originally Posted by Hartley18 View Post
That's complete rubbish, Rich.. C'mon, surely you know that.

Any modern boat that is is "well heeled" will have enough of the rudder exposed to 'ventilate' and potentially broach very soon thereafter if the helmsman isn't careful. You don't have to compete in many races or look in many books to see that.

If a single-rudder boat is so badly set up that the rudder doesn't "ventilate" to some extent at full heel, then dragging the tail around a racecourse won't win you any races either.
Maybe youve not noticed the trend of dual rudders on many high end, wide beamed, flat bottomed racing boats for the purpose of keeping at least one rudder fully submerged .... something that the fast sailing , 'skimming dish' ILYA scows have been using since the 1890s. Home
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