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Or consider a catamaran.
2 rudders - a built in spair.
Whatever breaks, I plug-in an emergency tiller to the side that still works (ss pipe - very sturdy) and disconect the tie rod. If the other is bent hard over, there may be something required there, who can say.
Should the rudder tube rip out, there are 2 water-tight bulkheads in between it and the cabin.
Yes, I know cats have their weaknesses. Doesn't everything. This is a strength. I had 2 rudder failures on a prior cat, and neither required any more heartburn than sailing home.
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