I'm not sure that carbon fiber is an 'upgrade' I'd be happy with. There have been a bunch of lost
rudders due to carbon fiber rudder posts. Don't know whether it's an unsuitable material for a rudder post or just poor engineering in the design.
posts have been in use for ages. They aren't perfect but it's relatively easy to check for crevice corrosion
at the hull
seal. They will also take a ton of abuse in a grounding, sometimes bending but at least keeping the rudder attached to the boat. What does carbon fiber do in such a situation??
It's good design to have the rudder not be as deep as the keel. You don't want the rudder trolling for rocks. That boat that had it's skeg ripped out and sunk in Fla. recently looked like the rudder was the same depth
as the keel. That's an example of what can happen.
Originally Posted by hellosailor
Just a tad shallower?
I give Beneteau
great credit for having the courage (or whatever their reason was) for switching to carbon fiber rudder posts.
Like the stainless steel kitchen knives my parent's generation was sold on (they'll never rust!) I've come to understand that "stainless steel!" is just another way to saying "Hey Rube!"