Now I’ve got the hull of the RTTL nearly sorted I’m thinking about fitting the prop shaft. The Veron build instructions, and as I understand it the Kitshack instructions, state that the false keel is required as the prototype boat yawed too much so the keel was added to prevent this.
Have to say I hate this keel, none of the other Vosper boats I own have this fitted and it really is out of scale. You can see in the pic that it does dominate the hull.
I suspect that the yawing was caused by displacement from the Taycol motor fitted in the original plans (ironic that I now have one with another boat) and a lead acid battery. The rudder is fitted too far aft and the prop shaft is at 16 degrees, so I doubt the prop wash will provide much pressure for the rudder so yawing would occur with the ratchet set rudder
I’m considering not fitting the over sized keel and just using a P bracket to support the shaft set at a shallower angle and to use a larger rudder than suggested and move it forwards.
I know there is an incredible amount of knowledge and experience in this group so would welcome opinions on dispensing with the keel.
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