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Re: rudder rake
Florent, you make a valid point.
I recall reading about a boat --I think it was one the Hiscock' Wanderers-- with a dramatically sloping rudder post, that steered so poorly that they had to make MAJOR modifications. I have a picture in my mind of the prop aperature way in front of the relocated rudder post, and what looked like a jury rigged rudder. Somebody made a mistake in that design.
This was the result of a one off design (I believe they were determined to have a transome hung rudder) that was "corrected" once the problem was seen.
I wouldn't have thought that your problem could be as bad as this, or it would have been picked up before production. But I have no experience with the Columbia 29, so obviously can't say.
I guess the reason for the design is aesthetics and perhaps ease of construction given a full keel.