center rudder on catamaran

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by mauisailor, Feb 13, 2002.

  1. mauisailor
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    mauisailor New Member

    it appears this cat has a center rudder.
    what are some of the pros/cons of this design?
    performance wise, saftey, etc.?
     

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  2. Stephen Ditmore
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    Stephen Ditmore Senior Member

    Pro: cheap, simple, nothing in the way of it kicking up

    Con: turning arm likely to be less for reasons having to do with directions of forces, might not track as well downwind, might ventilate more easily, might loose area if you "fly a hull," will definately catch weeds.
     
  3. mauisailor
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    mauisailor New Member

    Thanks. Looks like a setup few would find desireable, even if less complex and easier to access.
     
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