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OUTBOARD RUDDER - Is it going to be difficult mounting a Monitor aft of my outboard rudder?

First, consider that there are two basic outboard rudder configurations. A traditional sloped transom usually carries the rudder gudgeons parallel to the transom; the axis of rotation of the rudder is a few inches off the transom centerline and the aft edge of the rudder swings to either side. A Scandinavian stern, rounded off and carrying a rudder head that curves to follow the slope of the sternpost (see the Nor'Sea 27 and Colin Archer boats), adds a further complication. The axis of rotation of the rudder is canted well aft and the rudder head extends forward of it, so putting the tiller over moves the entire rudder head off to the same side. The Monitor, with its four-point suspension, can have its mounting tubes designed to clear the rudder swing and provide a solid mount while keeping the unit on boat centerline and without sacrificing strength or efficiency.

A reminder - the base price of a Monitor includes whatever mounting system is needed to fit it to your boat, no matter how specialized the mount has to be. Most competitors either supply separate mounting hardware - at an additional price - or leave you to figure out how to mount their windvane behind an outboard rudder.

Monitors and Outboard Rudders

Twister 28 "Killaloe" - Fowey, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Rustler 36 "Rosinis" - Falmouth, United Kingdom

Shannon 28 "Oscar D." - Eastham, Massachusetts

Nor'Sea 27 "Island Girl II" - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Alajuela 38 "Deborah Ann" - San Diego, California

Flicka 20 "Tikaroa", off Moorea. One of the smallest Monitor-fitted boats.

Folkboat 26 "Chimpanzee" - Kent Island, Maryland

Ingrid 38 "Solitude" - Portland, Oregon

Freedom 35 "Sextett" - Finland