Eric, here is a short reply I received re: your question:
"Re: the Tartan 37 rudder: Tere is a false skeg that is only a water foil ahead of a spade rudder which is designed to break away at the lower support bearing rather than endanger the rudder tube and surrounding hull structure near the transom in a hard grounding at speed...this is good and bad. I gently drifted back onto a coral head and that started the structural weakening of the rudder that eventually caused it to fall apart without further trauma 4 months and 400 miles later. Feel free to give your friend my email address and I''ll be glad to answer any specifics."
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12-25-2002 11:46 AM
I don''t know anything about a Tartan 372 losing a skeg. I don''t like the idea of a bolted on skeg as it is very hard to build one that has sufficient strength. If I were designing a boat for myself that had a structural skeg, the skeg would be constucted over a male molds and then installed in a scaboard which then would be glassed into place with knees extending a long distance in four directions.
12-25-2002 08:30 AM
i would love to hear more about the t-37 loosing its skeg. the skeg is glassed in and also bolted with 8 bolts. My supposition is that some previous owner had the skeg removed to do work on the rudder and did not re-install the skeg as was originally done. There is normally no way for the skeg to come off unless you collide with something.