Coming back from Hawaii
this summer and ending up in some big crazy seas, 'realized how much the aft twists as the loads shift such as coming off the top of waves at a tight angle with the rig tensioned including the running backs. I'm looking into diagonal stringers to keep the aft area "straight".
The rudder did okay but the load on the cockpit
floor fitting under the helm
seemed pretty heavy given it holds the top of the rudder post in line with all of the side torque. Nothing broke at all on the boat, she did fine, but it became apparent to look more closely into those areas. I'm not convinced that the cored area that the rudder post/emergency steering
fitting bronze collar fitting iis bolted through is structurally solid enough. The gelcoat/fiberglass around the area does not have stress cracks, but the subtle movement around that area in the heavy seas/wind made me make notes to investigate this further when I drop the rudder for bearings.