Originally Posted by JayH
I don't understand why kick-up rudders are being considered an advantage here.
Kicking up is good when you hit something, or want to float in 6" of water. But I wouldn't want a rudder that has any chance of kicking up because I'm going too fast. That doesn't say reliable to me.
So you're hauling ass and the rudders kick up. What happens next? I bet it isn't pretty.
I can't say because it's never happened.
The rudders haven't kicked up except when hitting solid objects. Speeds up to 24.7 knots. On the GPS
. Not once. Not ever.
They've never even remotely looked like kicking up when not required to.
So why are they an advantage? How about hitting a log at 10 knots? We've done it, with zero damage to the rudder. Didn't even mark the antifoul.
And yes, we can float in about 18 inches of water.
And back into a beach without worrying about rudders.
Or remove a rudder to lube the shaft, without slipping the boat, or getting in the water.
Or untangle a dinghy
painter without getting into the water. Or fishing
Or untangle a crab pot float, without even needing to stop the boat....
Yeah, I consider them an advantage. A ****ing HUGE advantage.