Adventure 40 Rudder and Steering Gear

Rudder and Steering

In the last chapter we examined and discussed the Adventure 40 hull form. Now let's dig into the rudder and steering gear.

Those of you who were in on this a few years ago, while we were discussing the de Jong Adventure 40 design, will remember that Erik settled on a transom-hung rudder, either kick-up or cassette.

A popular decision with advantages, most notably ease of inspection and maybe even replacement with a spare at sea, but perhaps not the optimal one. Let's dig into why:

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for 25 years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 20 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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