Originally Posted by 34crealock
Has anyone heard of a monohull with a skeg hung rudder that was pushed backwards and snapped the rudder? How strong is strong enough?
The skeg has nothing to do with it neither it offers protection in this case. When the boat is violently pushed backwards the wheel goes to one side and the force that is made against the rudder blade can be a breaking one, no matter the type of rudder. Boats are not designed to go backwards at full speed, much less the rudders.