My 1958 45' wooden ketch
has always been a dog to steer and I often think I should improve the shape of the rudder
and possibly increase the size. Firstly I plan to delve into Skene's Elements of Yacht Design, brush up on a little L. Francis H and maybe refer to Joel White's writings but I would also be grateful for the opinions and experiences of the forum members. The existing rudder
is essentially a slab of wood with post at the leading edge. Area is around 13 sq ft which by my preliminary reckoning is about 3 short. Not a big job to add pieces of material to each side to produce a foil shape and maybe glass over. Any thoughts?