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Old 10-07-2012, 06:26   #16
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Re: 45-55 ft Sailboats Skeg hung rudders!

The Gozzard 44 (LOD 44 - LOA 50) has a well-built sked hung rudder.

In fact, a G44 accidentally ran over a commercial fishing boat cable that if it weren't for the skeg the rudder likely would have snapped off and flooded the boat.

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Old 10-07-2012, 07:41   #17
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Re: 45-55 ft Sailboats Skeg hung rudders!

There really isn't much that springs to mind that isn't really pricey.

Many Swedish manufacturers use skeg hung rudders on some of their hulls, or did until recently. Rassy, Malo, Najad, Sweden are what I'm thinking about. Pacific Seacraft, Cabo Rico and Shannon for North American manufacturers, among others. Bowman from the UK. None of these are budget yachts, even second hand!

If you have money to spend then there's plenty of options. On a budget, I really can't thing of anything that isn't really quite old. If what you are wanting is a big yacht, which isn't too old and won't break the bank, then the only options I can think of are boats from a mass production yard. Maybe the way forward is to buy a spade ruddered boat, Bav, Bene, Jean etc, then mitigate the effects of rudder loss; eg. emergency rudder, steerable windvane rudder, and sealing off the steering gear from the rest of the boat in case of breach as I suggested earlier. Sorry I can't do better!
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:12   #18
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Cheers EF. I fear you are correct. Was hoping!
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Re: 45-55 ft Sailboats Skeg Hung Rudders !

How about an Alden 46 or a Cambria 46? You may have to settle for a 25 year old boat, but when well-maintained wouldn't these also be good choices?
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Old 11-07-2012, 19:22   #20
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Re: 45-55 ft Sailboats Skeg Hung Rudders !

There are plenty of Hallberg Rassy, Hylas, Oyster, Swan from the 90's that are still great boats and all have skeg hung rudders. Their prices aren't too bad.
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Re: 45-55 ft Sailboats Skeg Hung Rudders !

Cambria 46. Now that is a great boat.

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How about an Alden 46 or a Cambria 46? You may have to settle for a 25 year old boat, but when well-maintained wouldn't these also be good choices?
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Old 11-07-2012, 20:26   #22
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Re: 45-55 ft Sailboats Skeg Hung Rudders !

Here I go again sounding like a broken record. What about a Peterson 44 or its clone on steroids the Formosa 46? Both rock solid cruising boats that sail wonderful. Medium length keel ,skeg hung rudder with good protection for the prop. Make sure to check all the SS parts(Taiwon built boat) and the tanks. Upgrade to suit and have a great boat._____Grant.
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Old 11-07-2012, 20:51   #23
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Re: 45-55 ft Sailboats Skeg Hung Rudders !

My Contest 48 has a skeg-hung rudder as do most of the older Contests. I can unequivocally recommend Conyplex as a builder of very high quality boats.

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Old 11-07-2012, 21:17   #24
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Re: 45-55 ft Sailboats Skeg Hung Rudders !

cpa--just wonder what you like so much about the Cambria? I have never sailed on one, though did go aboard one at the dock. They seem like they would be great boats, tho I wonder if that aft cabin would be too stuffy in the tropics.
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Re: 45-55 ft Sailboats Skeg Hung Rudders !

Maybe showing my ignorance here, but the draft on my 35 footer is 6ft. I was surprised that the bigger boats boats draw about the same. Is this for the charter fleet needs or modern hull design?

Thanks for the suggestions I am checking them all.

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Cambria 46. Now that is a great boat.
Now that is what looks like my dream boat! but 265000 for a boat built in the 90's! Guess you pay for quality. Sigh!
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My Bruce Roberts 434 is skeg hung and could be yours at a reasonable price. Blue water boat
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