Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Creedmoor NC
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good illustrations Cam. Common sense seems to show that a spade is just a log away from being knocked off completely. I am sure they are better for racing since the skeg itself creates drag when you turn the rudder and the skeg doesn't turn. But with a spade the rudders are only held on by bearings. Logically it would be much weaker.
I would think if you had a backup steering system, such as a windvane system, the spade would become more of a possibility for a long crossing. At least if you lost it you could still steer the boat.
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