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Skeg-Mounted Rudder
Sailboat Skeg-Mounted Rudder

Photo © Tom Lochhaas

Some fin-keel sailboats have a skeg-mounted rudder like the one shown. The skeg offers the same advantages as a keel-mounted rudder: the rudder is protected from objects in the water and has more structural strength than a rudder mounted only on the rudder post.

It also has the same disadvantage: because it is not “balanced” as a spade rudder may be, with water forces distributed on both sides, it requires more force to turn the rudder.

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