Rudder rigged 'backwards' from 'factory' ??

Discussion in 'Boat and Accessory Building' started by JohnAbercrombie, Nov 24, 2017.

  1. JohnAbercrombie

    JohnAbercrombie Paddler

    Dec 7, 2011
    Victoria, BC
    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.
  2. mick_allen

    mick_allen Paddler & Moderator

    May 15, 2005
    You also mentioned that it'd be helpful if there was blade deflection flexibility in both directions - if for example one wanted to go back or forwards with a deployed rudder in kelp: the flexible blade cartridge of the Sealect rudder will allow a little rearward movement here rather than just rigidity: