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Old 07-19-2013, 12:24 AM   #81
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My small rudder is pretty useless at low speed maneuvering unless helped with short bursts either forward or reverse as needed. ...
Same for my larger rudder. At low speeds, propeller action is necessary for tight maneuvering.

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Old 07-19-2013, 01:14 AM   #82
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A fellow I know just bought a twin and just couldn't maneuver at all.

I told him to leave the throttle at idle.

Helm amidships.

Take a shift lever in each hand and point your thumbs at each other.

The engines will take the boat the way your thumbs are pointing.

It worked for him.

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Old 07-19-2013, 01:18 AM   #83
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Large rudder? Mark you are pulling our leg.

It’s a flat plate welded rudder. The absolute cheapest rudder the builder could install.

I guess it works ok since you seem happy with it. It’s actually a little small compared to the underwater profile.

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Old 07-19-2013, 01:31 AM   #84
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Mike, thanks for your support! The Coot is based on workboat concepts, not toy or speedboat principles. Per George Buehler, naval architect, the Coot "is designed and built along real workboat ideas" ... and its "rudder is oversize(d)."
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:35 PM   #85
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A fellow I know just bought a twin and just couldn't maneuver at all.

I told him to leave the throttle at idle.

Helm amidships.

Take a shift lever in each hand and point your thumbs at each other.

The engines will take the boat the way your thumbs are pointing.

It worked for him.

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