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Chip Wheeler (Guest)

Hi, Bud,

I was excited to get your reply. Thank you.

To delve further...what do you mean by "chord"? Thickness? Shape? Surface area? I have noticed that the more recent Westsail 32s have a rudder that seems to be smaller than mine. They certainly have a squarer shape, as your comments suggest. Assuming that the rudder on the later boats has a more efficient design, I would like to take a look at the drawing that you have.

I have the additional concern that the bottom of my rudder is the lowest point on the boat by an inch and a half. Not good for grounding! I am considering cutting off a few inches next haulout. Also, the bronze gudgeons and pintals may not be as strong as the fiberglass ones that everyone else's boat has.

For now, the only thing that I can do is fabricate a longer tiller, I guess.

Chip

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