Maybe if we are buying a boat with a spade rudder. The rudder should be dropped out of the boat and have the Rudder post magnafluxed looking for any stress cracks. Means having the boat on the hard and disassemblely of the steering system.
But this is the one reason I don't like spade rudders. An emergency rudder should be carried on that type of vessel.
But then again you should have some way of rigging emergency steering no matter what type of boat you have.
And how many people out there even think about such things?? Or any other kind of emergency?
Fire, Flooding, Man O'board, Lost of mast/steering, and MEDICAL. Do you have a working plan for any of those? Do you drill on them? Can you write a senario for any of those drills?
Last edited by Boasun; 03-22-2007 at 10:33 AM.