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    Default What is this chain on the rudder?

    I've not seen this before. Just in case the rudder comes loose? Does it act as a preventer?


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    Default Re: What is this chain on the rudder?

    Pretty common old school. It keeps the rudder from swinging to far over when backing down hard.
    Without a limiter, when backing down hard the rudder could swing over so far that you would not be able to straighten it out without first coming almost to a stop.

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    Default Re: What is this chain on the rudder?

    nedL had it. My old Goblin (Alden 43' schooner) had one and I'm thinking of a 2 chain variation for Meg.

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    Default Re: What is this chain on the rudder?

    I had one client who also blessed that chain he had always threatened to remove because it served as a lanyard when his gudgeon hardware failed and his rudder went adrift.
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    Default Re: What is this chain on the rudder?

    Seems like on the Maine Coast that chain would be a huge seaweed snag forever keeping the boat going straight.

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    Default Re: What is this chain on the rudder?

    Quote Originally Posted by preserved_killick View Post
    Seems like on the Maine Coast that chain would be a huge seaweed snag forever keeping the boat going straight.
    canít say that I have seen one where the chain is below the waterline. The one you pictured would be above.

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