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Old 07-20-2012, 05:17 PM   #21
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That is a "Monkey Rudder". It is common on navy small boats to assist in directing propeller thrust for improved backing abilities. It works similar to a "Flanking Rudder" on towboats but on towboats there is a separate tiller for the rudder. On the Navy boats there is a tie rod that connects it to the steering arm-meaning both are turned when helm is turned.
Fast Fred has his auto pilot connected to this rudder.
I have never used one but have been curious about the effects of it. Some people say they are a big help, others remove them, saying they are of little help.
Maybe Fast Fred will enlighten us.

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Old 07-20-2012, 09:51 PM   #22
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That looks a lot like the boat I am building.I sure hope it looks as good when I am finished with her.Good luck on the sale.She's a purdy boat.



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Old 07-20-2012, 10:14 PM   #23
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Thanks for those pics.
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:31 PM   #24
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Hi, Regarding the 40 Sedan Trawler I posted, please be advised that the sale of the boat closed today. It actually sold to a gemtleman who responded to a Craigslist ad. He was the second person who actually came to see the boat. We waited for a survey to be done before he confirmed the sale, which he did this evening. I also had one backup deposit from a fellow who came after the buyer did. Thanks for your interest, Jerry
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:36 PM   #25
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Congrats on the sale, Jerry.

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