2 yrs ago I bought a tired Horstman Tri-Star 45 in San Diego
and have been working on her since then. She is now more or less ready to cruise
, but I am still considering a change to the rudder
because (a) it is an unprotected spade rudder
and deeper than the main hull
, (b) that prevents deliberate beaching as well, and (c) I would like to have windvane steering
, which would be feasible if it were a transom-hung rudder.
1. I recall
CapnBrown or Doc50 said they had plans for a Horstman kickup rudder -- please respond, guys, I would like to see that option. Ed Horstman (when he actually replies) admits he has no such for the 45, "just buy my <H31> plans and scale it up".
2. If the kickup uses the existing rudder post/quadrant in stern cabin
, should I give up the stern rudder/vane idea and concentrate on providing ample power
for an autopilot
? I was advised by another designer
not to mess with it, but he could for a princely sum.