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post #29 of Old 12-23-2013
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Re: Why the Bristol 32 backs so poorly

Agreed, and that goes to what I was saying. There gonna be a trade-off. So where do you want the function to be best, a few minutes here, or the rest of the time out there? Don't get me wrong. I actually learned on a Catalina 310 (spade rudder). That thing would spin so easily you could almost just think it, and it'd do it (marina maneuvering under way was great, but even it suffered prop walk in certain situations), but out in some chop the rudder authority was not so great because it was constantly aerating. See how your rudder is deeper behind the prop? If the non-centerboarder had that extra depth in the same place, and for the full length of the rudder, I think it'd be the best compromise to achieve somewhat better backing control.
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