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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


Al­ter­na­tively, you can

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