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 Post subject: A blast from the past!
PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:55 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:58 pm 
That almost looks like a bow rudder...I know a few experimented with them.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:14 pm 
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It does look like a bow rudder. Maybe just used as a skeg. Riding bow high maybe they didn't want to get thrown like you from a gust of wind! :P

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:18 pm 
Heard Ya on that one!

I knew some race boats used them back then....with not too much success as you will notice they aren't in use today!


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:22 pm 
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A bow rudder would tend to roll the boat to the outside of the turn. The stern rudder rolls you into the turn. What were they thinking?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:39 pm 
[quote=Wood himself in Miss America I, was having a good deal of trouble. It was only his fast turning at the buoys that kept him up there near the lead. He could turn much faster than any of the English boats because of his bow rudder. Before the race, when the English engineers examined the American boats, they ridiculed the bow rudder on Wood's boats. "You can't turn a boat with a rudder way up there," they said.

But now, with Wood's spark plugs fouling, his bow rudder was keeping him in the race. The English would sweep far wide of the buoys and before they could get their boats back on the stretch again, Wood was taking the turns with all his power, trimming the buoys. (The following year the English put a bow rudder on their boat). On the fourth lap Wood took the lead with his Miss America I.[/quote]
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http://www.lesliefield.com/other_histor ... d_wins.htm

It worked in that race, but I heard they had handling problems elsewhere


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