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post #36 of Old 09-11-2018
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Re: Spade rudders vs blue water passage making

There would need to be a considerable amount of very expensive 'shoring up' of the internal rudder supports inside the boat, too.
We've got a 53' boat and if we want to (read; not being lazy), we can balance the rig rather easily, even with a skeg hung rudder and steer with one finger. Perhaps your problem with the old boat was sail trim, not the rudder?

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