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The spade rudder is supported only by the rudder stock, and if hit by floating objects, is far more vulernable to damage and possible loss than a skeg-mounted or keel-attached rudder, which would protect the actual rudder from impact with the floating object in most cases. Also, if the rudder stock suffers from any galvanic corrosion issues, it may be lost with little warning, as happened, or so it appears to one Sailnet user on his boat.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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