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Why Rudder Craft?
At Rudder Craft we build every rudder with the singular focus of improving your sailboat’s steering performance. In order to accomplish this our rudders incorporate a hydrofoil design, as a matter of course. Sailboats ranging from the West Wight Potter 15, all the way up to the MacGregor 36 and Catalina 42, will find a more accurate helm once a Rudder Craft hydrofoil rudder is installed.
Operating on principles similar to airplane wings, the foiled rudder design generates lift as the boat makes way. By employing the rudder to reduce drag, and increasing the force the rudder is able to exert, any sailboat will perform better: weather helm is reduced, tacking is crisper, points of sail are easier to keep, and helm effort is greatly reduced in light and moderate air.
Why Use a Kick-up Rudder?
The foiled rudder design extends through our entire rudder catalog, and is used in our patented kick-up rudder, fixed blade, and spade rudder designs. We carefully plot the foil design for each rudder, based on the size of the rudder and the boat’s characteristics.
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