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I have a '89 30ft Catalina (wing keel, standard rig) based in NC that Im considering taking to the Bahamas. I have a list of modifications to make, but since Im hauling out in a week or so, I want to modify the undercarriage.

The rudder is a skegless spade rudder, and with the wing keel, draws only 6" less than the keel (kind of exposed to groundings IMO). My thought is to place a wire cable or strap between the aft part of the keel, and the bottom of the rudder exactly on its turning axis. This would help prevent debree from floating into the cavity between the keel & rudder, and hopefully prevent things from getting tangled on the strut/prop and in the crease between the rudder and the bottom of the boat, as well as give the rudder additional support in a grounding. Same concept might apply to placing a wire cable between the leading edge of the keel and the bow..

Has anyone done anything like this?

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Re: Catalina 30 Bahama bound

it will collect a lot of sea grass
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Re: Catalina 30 Bahama bound

I see no advantage doing this and if it were a good idea someone would have done this along time ago.
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Re: Catalina 30 Bahama bound

The water is so very clear there I wouldn't be worried about it. As for the trip down again I wouldn't worry, personally. I think its a waste of time. If you hit something hard enough to damage the rudder is that cable going to stop it, also with it being attached to the rudder it's still going to pull on the rudder. I'd spend my time on something else. Enjoy your trip.
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Re: Catalina 30 Bahama bound

I would spend the money, on something else important instead. If you are really worried about the rudder, buy a transom mount spare.

I second the above, the cable isn't going to keep your rudder from getting tweaked in a grounding. It also will not give any lateral support to rudder either in case of a grounding or severe stresses in a storm.

The full keel in front of the rudder is what makes it strong.

Remember both the cable, and the attachment points have to be able to hold the full weight of the boat. BY the time you had enough cables to do that your under water drag would be considerable.

I also have a spade rudder, I bought a spare rudder with mounting for the transom that I keep under a bench cushion where it takes up no room. SO far I have never needed it. (knock on wood)
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Re: Catalina 30 Bahama bound

I don't know about you, but I have enough problems with water intrusion in my rudder as it is. I wouldn't want to put a screw in the bottom of mine.
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Re: Catalina 30 Bahama bound

Dont do it. for many reasons as said previously. happy saylin
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Bon Voyage!
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Re: Catalina 30 Bahama bound

Have fun! I commend you on your bravery. Reading what some say here on SN you are taking your life into your own hands by taking a Catalina, Hunter, Bene any farther than the deep end of your swimming pool! Hahahaha!
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Re: Catalina 30 Bahama bound

I'd spend the money on an AIS transponder. The nastiest things to hit are the ones made of steel.

Barring that, solar power, watermaker and reinsulating the fridge/freezer with aerogel/cryogel.

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