RL24, RL28, and RL34 Trailable Yachts
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Replying to:RL 28 rudder repair and modification ???
We need to replace our rudder on our RL 28 Pendragon as both pintle on the transom have failed overtime and the lower part of the rudder box is seriously corroded. 1) I'd like the idea of a more balanced rudder as is obtained by Kingley Whites approach (see tips and modifications), to make the boat a bit lighter on the helm. Could anyone comment if I see that correct? or is there a strong case to stick with he original approach where most of the rudder blade is behind the pivoting line through the pintles? 2) Another alternative for a balanced rudder is to make the top pintle seriously offset vs. the transom (see attached photo). This would achieve a similar balance and the helm/tiller would stay in a horizontal plane. Would the transom be able to take the extra load caused by the standoff pintle? assuming that I strengthen the transom with some 10-15 mm hardwood planks on the inside. Comments would be much appreciated. Cheers, joost