Step 16: The Rudder

Picture of The Rudder
The rudder is pretty simple, just some boards glued and nailed like this.
Then tied to the stern post of the canoe.
It's strong and works really well.

The tiller is just a longer stick tied to the top. That was the last thing before testing the canoe and didn't get much attention.
Interesting rudder. this is probably the simplest rudder i have ever seen.

it must be difficult to sail downwind in chop though, because it would get lifted out of the water occasionally.
or is that a safety feature? it's impossible sail downwind and therefore impossible to break?

Do you get much wobble? I really like how it's stiched on. i wish I had thought of that.

P.S. last summer I spent 3 months sailing my own outrigger following you inspiration: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22017239@N00/

TimAnderson (author)  dominic.tarr8 years ago
I just looked at your pix - nice boats and trips! Give Gary Dierking a hug for me - where do you live?

I thought the shallow rudder would be a problem too, but that's how the Kenyans do it on their Sharpies and Ngalawas. Your rudder has to work the hardest when a wave is pushing your stern around, and then the rudder is deeply immersed, so it works out fine. The wave is climbing up your stern and pushing, but to do that it has to climb up your rudder also. Wobble isn't a problem. There's plenty of play in the lashings, but you don't notice it when you sail.
yeah I know Gary, I live in Auckland. I dropped in on gary on my trip. thats right! when i was reading sailing stories on the internet I got the impression that the reason you need lots of rudder downwind was because of sail imbalance. when I was actually sailing I found it would sail along it's lines even with the sail all out to one side. It was the waves which pushed it around. I'll have to try something like this on my next boat. cheers.