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Re: My wooden rudder needs to be painted or something
Looks great! Good work.
Looking at the image reminds me that there is nothing that is designed to give way in case the rudder hits something. With the keel up the boat draws about 18" but the rudder is still 3'. Worth trying improve this?
It's a bit late to think about that now!!
The usual thing is to make a kick-up rudder blade, but, for you, that means taking apart all you've done and making a whole new rudder head. The way it is now, if you hit something you'll likely tear the pintles out of the back of the boat - and sink - so I'd try not to hit anything if I were you.
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"