Thanks for sharing your experience, I will look at the rudder
next haul out
. I did however, talk to the designer
of this boat and he basically said that sometimes with a spade rudder
it's a trade
off. He said that you can motor
with a pull to port of you can sail with a weather helm
but it is sometimes difficult to have it perfect both ways given the geometry of the hull
, shaft angle, distance to prop, rudder configuration etc. I can certainly see how complicated it must be. He also said that the same model with the saildrive
option didn't exhibit the same characteristics. If this is the case, I would say on this model, the prop walk is probably attributed to the downward shaft angle because the saildrive
would be almost straight, horizontal thrust instead of an angular thrust.
P.S. Good discussions!