Originally Posted by mdi
A cruising requirement for me is a skeg hung rudder, whatever you do, do that, my 2 cents.
There are some cruising boats that in their low draft version have the ruder at almost the same draft as the keel. That looks dangerous to me and on those cases a skeg rudder seems to make semse to me.
But if a boat has the keel considerably deeper than the rudder, the chances of hitting with the rudder instead of the keel are not considerable and a more efficient spade rudder is the way to go :
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