Practice is good. Making for home on day’s last crossing against tide and a long fetch wind begs a trim rudder. I watch the GPS CMG/SOG. The GPS sez using the rudder is more fun. I agree.
Question: is a skeg or rudder more drag ? as a device placed under hull or at end of hull.
Practice without rudder (or skeg) is essential as both add unnecessary drag sez the GPS. What 5 mph hull is faster ? One with the device up. Energy expended learning forward ahead speed balance is cumulatively light years less than dragging a rudder along, aesthetically relevant.
Really, if you’re not developing toward this balance, take up rafting.
You are writing a rationale for no skeg or rudder ?
May we read this ?
History in writing, oral history and images all show skegs and rudders were added to all floating craft several days after launch or to the second build after the first craft sank.
For the immovable rudder foot platform….look at the closet hook section in hardware and then glues. Buy hooks or loops. Glue astern platform and within reach with 3M quick cure ( 5 days, tape it in) Marine adhesive. Loop narrow diameter shock cord thru platform, cinch tight around hook.
I don’t turn the Solstice upwind against a small craft warning, I pray. Ruddering helps hold hull steady in glide between strokes just enough to get the barge on the immediate wave crest in a turning position.
Edited by datakoll (02/14/13 06:12 PM)