CarpeCursusII wrote:You can get away with something very small, on of our coaches actually cut off about 4 inches from a Rez skeg so we can row when the river is only 1.5feet deep. My question would come from making skegs thinner, look at a Rez vs Vespoli skeg, Vespolis are a good 1/4 in thick vs rez which at much less, any benefit in the lack of frontal surface area?
second note ive noticed that vespoli's kick Rez a$$ when it comes to the tight turn say at milwaukee or HOCR and just during practice as our team has both a Heavy Rez and a DXL Vespoli. Any insight?
With the first resolute we got in Boston, the rudder was a tiny little postage stamp on the skeg that could not turn on the Charles. Great for a straight buoyed course (the coxswain would have to work to mess up the steering on a straight course). But for the head season, we ended up putting in a rudder that looked like a dagger - narrower and longer... and we could spin around Weeks footbridge with no pressure changes. The first time our coxswain went through the Weeks bridge, I felt the boat skid around that turn (she had not expected it to respond with such a sudden sharp turn) and our coxswain giggled through the row while we adjusted to the fact that the boat could hit every turn without any pressure calls. I am not sure if they still swap rudders for different seasons or if they use a new skeg/rudder that is not as tiny as the original but does not quite spin/skid around turns on a dime like the dagger one (it was an experiment back then when we swapped rudders on the rez because it was so much harder to turn than the vespolis).