I know there has been some discussion about the fact that the rudder on shoal draft boats is as deep or almost as deep as the wing keel.
My 1994 MK I.75 was heavily damaged in hurricane Michael back in October and the rudder was bent and had to be replaced with new.
I just measured the depth today with the boat on the hard and found the depth to be 4ft 5inches, the exact stated draft of the keel.
Since this is the second rudder I've had this happen to, I'm seriously thinking I'll have the bottom 6" sawed off horizontally, and epoxied over. Hoping to make it less vulnerable to such damage. Question is has any brave soul preceded me in this experiment and with what results. I'm worried of course that I my will have a significant loss of steering controll by this reduction in rudder surface area. All comments appreciated.
Capt. Sam Murphy
1994 Catalina 36, Hull 1327
Shoal draft, two cabin model.
Panama City, Florida