Agreed. There's a LOT of spring tension when the rudder is deployed - necessary if the spring is going to flip the rudder back up on to the deck. And, not a lot of exposed deployment line to allow insertion of a shock cord section. But that's certainly one tactic to explore. If it were an old boat, the 'let's experiment' activity would be easier. With a boat that's a couple of months out from the factory, and with the co$t$ what they are today, it's difficult.... Still, rudder swapping isn't a huge deal in my opinion, but it's not my boat! The line:"WHAT were they thinking??" does keep running through my head...on the part of SmartTrack and also the boat design/manufacture teams.