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11/8/2019 at 5:13:34 PM GMT
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Towing a Herreshoff America: Remove the Rudder?

I have a 1974 Herreshoff America.  I am planning on towing it for a couple of hundred miles.  Should I remove the rudder while I am towing it?  How much does the rudder weight.




Doug MacPherson


11/9/2019 at 1:40:18 PM GMT
Posts: 60
I have a Marshall 18, and have done it both ways, but in retrospect would remove the rudder for long distance transport. Concerns: potential for being rear-ended, jumping out of the gudgeons (may be minimised with a foam block in top of tiller slot), shock load damaging or pulling the upper pintal/gudgeon. The unsupported shock load could be severe . In water the rudder is supported and the motion is less. According to my bathroom scale, the dry weight of my rudder with bronze step is 50 pounds.

11/9/2019 at 9:31:52 PM GMT
Posts: 21
I have an HA18 and I always remove my rudder and stow it in the bed of my pickup when I tow it back and forth from the marina. I do that for the same reasons mentioned in Peter Knowlton's reply. I think my rudder may weigh a bit more than 50 pounds. I can lift it off of the boat and put it into the bed of the truck myself, but I would prefer to have some help. Oh and I always end up with some bottom paint transfer so a blue tarp in the pick up bed helps with that and makes it easier for me to slide it into place.

Marc Perry
Mount Hope Bay
Fall River, MA

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