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Re: Curious rudder question
I did that on my first boat , moving the rudder 6 feet further aft. I took it off the trailing edge of the keel and hung it on a skeg. Altho I didn't hang it off the transom, I should have. There was minimal change in balance, but a huge improvement in down wind control.
Had I hung it off the transom, I would have drastically simplified and improved self steering, with a trimtab on the trailing edge of the rudder.
A reversed transom, with the rake, would make such a rudder far less efficient than a vertical or slightly raked forward rudder. If such a move would mean a vertical or slightly raked forward rudder, I would highly recommend it, before heading offshore.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"