Below are some key advantages of skegged rudders to consider when purchasing a global cruising yacht.
Protection of Rudder
Weight Bearing Skeg
Bending Resitance of Rudder Stock
“We were very fortunate to have skegged rudders. While sailing around the top of Papua New Guinea we hit a very large submerged log. The whole boat shook. We immediately dropped sail and looked for damage. Fortunately, only surface scratches, but no damage to the rudder or prop.
Friends of ours on the same trip were not so fortunate. They too hit a log and lost their rudder. They had to sail to Australia to haul out for repairs.”
s/v Field Trip