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So, I have an S2 7.9. I really like the boat, it's a good shorthanded boat, especially for someone dumb like me. It's simple. Simple is good. Lots of strings just confuse me. Anyway, the ONLY complaint I have about the boat is that the one-design rudder has exactly zero directional stability. I mean, it never loads up really badly, even when you're going sideways, over on your ear. It's never a huge wrestling match because it's got a bunch of the blade in front of the axis of rotation. However, you absolutely can NOT let go of the tiller for even a second. No matter what, it will INSTANTLY head for the leeward side and you will round up. For a guy who singlehands a lot, that's not so good. Also I figure on taking this boat 'waaay off the coast of California and I know of several boats who've sheared their 1-D kick-up rudders off. The guys on "Arturo the Aquaboy", an S-2 7.9 that did the Pacific Cup doublehanded back in 2008 told me to get a one-piece rudder to make the trip. They tried with the one-design rudder and busted it off, about 400 miles off the coast. Not good. So, since floating in 8 inches of water isn't a high priority for me, I thought I'd make a rudder. I had some specs I wanted. I wanted it to be at least as deep as the 1-D rudder, which is about 44 inches of submerged blade. I wanted a 15.5 - 16 inch chord. I wanted it thick and strong, seeing as the !-D rudder is actually 3-freaking inches thick at the top. If I could manage a fancy elliptical rudder, I'd love that, but I think that's beyond my skills. So I went looking. Custom Composites (Phils Foils) will do a semi-elliptical but it's going to set me back about $2K to $2.4K in Canadian dollars. Ouch. For me, that's just al little too much "ouch". Rudder Craft makes a rudder that's the right size, but it's made out of HDPE, which bends. They have a wood core rudder, but it's just a bit smaller than what I wanted. Honestly, it would probably work, but I'm stubborn. They also offer balanced rudders for J-29's / J-30's, which are about the size I want but they're $2100 USA. Ouch, again. So I decided to make my own.