Thursday, November 5, 2009
Ok, so if you've never built a project from scratch with no instructions at all, there's something you should know. One spends a ton of time just staring at the project trying to figure what to do next and how to do it. Sometimes I'll just stare for 20 minutes or more running dozens of senarios through my head. Trying to figure loads, strength, asthetics, all these variables. My latest problem I'm contemplating is the rudder. Transom hung? OR mounted under the hull. If I go with a rudder hung off the transom, it will be a cassette type so I can easily pull it up for trailoring, or cleaning off sea grass. The negative is that the transom has this sweet slope to it and I'd have to build out some sort of structure to mount the rudder on. I'm afraid this would clutter the look of the boats rear end. If I go with a rudder mounted under the hull, the back of the boat stays clean, and I can mount the outboard bracket in the center. I think this will look nicer. The problem with this is it will be tougher to remove the rudder for trailoring. (Someone will have to either get wet, or we need to use the lift) Does anyone have any input on this? The good thing is that whatever I choose, it wouldn't be hard to change over to something different later on. Just wondering what other people think.