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The rudder stock itself is often sloped backwards towards the top to give a degree of ‘self-centring’ action but that does not explain the typical swan neck shape.
On a traditional style boat the steerer should stand in the roof hatch to steer. To allow this, the tiller bar has to be long enough to reach the rear bulkhead but then it will impede access to the rear steps, so normally the tiller bar is either pivoted so it can swing up and over or it is removable. Either solution would be difficult
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