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I don't proclaim to be an expert on the dynamics of rudder design. But from a layman's perspective, it seems that regardless of rudder size or shape, the bottom pintle of a skeg-hung rudder MUST have a greater resistance against diametrically opposed water pressures, over a spade.
Spade rudders need to be more hydrodynamically balanced than skeg hung rudders since the only physical connection to the boat is the rudder post and is still the weakest link, thus having a higher probability of breakage.
Edit - Note to self : have morning coffee before posting.
True Blue . . .
sold the Nauticat
Last edited by TrueBlue; 01-06-2007 at 10:11 AM.