Stopping rigging getting caught up here and there
Installing an outboard in the cockpit
Even though my wife believed the boat would sink if I cut a hole in the cockpit floor, I went ahead and ….
A raised tabernacle for easier mast raising
Upsizing the rudder
On one occasion when my wife and I were sailing at Brooklyn, we were hit by a sudden southerly. We turned and ran with the wind but then found we couldn’t turn into the wind at all. Had to resort to turning on the motor as we were heading quickly to the northern shore.
I decided that if the rudder was slightly bigger and the gap between it and the end of the keel reduced, it might give us more control.
The right hand picture shows the original rudder. The left hand picture shows the new larger rudder with a narrower gap.
In order to increase the size, it was a simply a matter of applying 9mm marine ply to either side of the existing rudder, so the rudder is not only bigger, it is also thicker which keeps its foil shape in proportion.
The new (left) and the old (right) compared.
Result: hard to tell but seems to be more effective.