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Bill and Linda Kenner

Bud,
I joined your association, since my Prairie 32 has many similarities to the Westsail 32, but the rudder on my Prairie has a flat leading edge for the length of the rudder and prop cutout area. That looks slow to me, and I have thought of rounding that edge. Another issue with the rudder for both boats is that they both diverge considerably from the ideal NASA shape. What would you think of extending the aft edge of the rudder and tapering it down to a fine edge? I have also thought of building up the rudder's leading sections to give it a better foil shape and in the process blend the straps for gudgeons or pentils (whichever) into the rudder's surface. You can see a picture of the Prairie's rudder on the Scanmore/monitor wind vane's website.

What's been your experiences or impressions of the Prairie 32? I got this one at a bargain and so I have room to improve her.

Thanks, Bill

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