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.....makes perfect sense.

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Originally posted by Sussex Lad



Helpful posts all.Yes the load on the pivoting rudder is a pain when it's up but incorporating some rudderless technique as well helps. Heel is not helpful.
....on my existing boats with pivot I have a doubled up piece of  10 or 12 mm bungee in the downhaul rope. Holds it down firmly but does come up if I hit anything.What holds the blade up on the cassette type? Would not be good if it slips down at crucial moment.



Any form of bungee to hold down a rudder is useless(unless its a pottering boat)

You need either sacrificial pin or rope and cleat
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Personally I would stick to either a cassette or a rotating rudder and would be very unlikely to have a fixed one as its too much faff worrying about hitting something or coming in out of control to the beach. I think years back there was a fad around fixed which is why so many boats now have them but I think the majority have worked out that the very marginal additions of less weight / more stiffness have been offset by modern kit which is so much better and still easy to use!
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Any form of bungee to hold down a rudder is useless(unless its a pottering boat)

You need either sacrificial pin or rope and cleat


Wrong.....

Been using it when required for 10 yrs and have had absolutely no issue with it. As for my boat being a pottering boat......well that depends on perspective....... and I struggled to stay polite with my response.
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Originally posted by Sussex Lad


Originally posted by rich96


Any form of bungee to hold down a rudder is useless(unless its a pottering boat)

You need either sacrificial pin or rope and cleat

Wrong.....Been using it when required for 10 yrs and have had absolutely no issue with it. As for my boat being a pottering boat......well that depends on perspective....... and I struggled to stay polite with my response.


Perhaps I wasn't clear - apologies

We used to use bungee on training/instructing boats and they worked for that adequately

However, if you are after a racing set up (minimal movement/max stiffness etc) a bungee (shock cord) is not the way to go.





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Fair enough, Rich. I can be a touchy so and so at times........ doubled up 12mm bungee pulled tight with enough stretch left to allow the blade to come up if grounded is more than enough to hold down the rudder of all of the boats I've ever  owned (or would want to own) with no movement whatsoever, even on a 3 sail planing reach. Mind you, I don't aspire to anything more than doing reasonably well in club races. If I was an olympian things may be different.





Originally posted by H2

Personally I would stick to either a cassette or a rotating rudder and would be very unlikely to have a fixed one as its too much faff worrying about hitting something or coming in out of control to the beach. I think years back there was a fad around fixed which is why so many boats now have them but I think the majority have worked out that the very marginal additions of less weight / more stiffness have been offset by modern kit which is so much better and still easy to use!


 Yes, I think you're right.

Waving flags at an open in a week or so. The class in question makes use of fixed rudders. I'll see how they get on.
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