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If the rudder is bent, the odds are that the rudder is not bent but the rudder TUBE is bent. This usually means it is now also fatigued and that means it is going to FAIL.
There is no real way to repair this without an expensive rebuild or replacement, and if the owner tells you that it is no problem--either he's woefully ignorant or he's pulling the wool over a sucker's, ergh, newb's eyes.
Once a rudder post (tube) is bent, the metalis fatigued and it IS in danger of failing, the only quesiton is when. It also means the rudder armature (the inner structural works) is probably damaged and again, going to fail.
And it can't possibly sail properly with a bent rudder, unless the guy sailing it also thinks a car handles fine on the highway with a loose and bent front end out of alignment.
The rudder was probably ent in a grounding--which indicates keel problems as well. Big expenses.
Nuh-uh, walk away, run away, find a boat without that kind of problem to worry about. Unless you really want to do a lot of homework and take a lot of risk. There are so many "straight" boats on the market, I wouldn't get involved with a bent one.