I've only ever sailed cruisers with blade rudders. Since I've never been in anything worse than a Force 8, and since I only sail other people's boats that other people keep well maintained, I've never had a problem. The biggest problem where I sail with blades (and bulb keels) is hooking a lobster trap line. (Yeah, I've done it.
Has anyone here experienced more catastrophic blade rudder
failure? You read a lot about the protective advantages of a skeg-hung rudder
, or a rudder that's attached to a full keel
, and I get it. I've also seen pictures of blades that have snapped off. And yet, lots of folks on this forum are going offshore
in Hunters, Bennies, Catalinas, et. al.
Has that ever happened to you? And what were the circumstances, if you don't mind sharing?