Far better in that scenario would be a spade rudder that gets bent out of true - perhaps not much more good as a rudder but not catastrophic and time to lash the oar, or whatever, overboard for emergency steering.
Well, it comforted me at the time that I had a boat with a spade rudder.
Would it be fair to say a long-keeler of 'n' feet is going to be heavier than a fin and skeg boat of equal length? I'd say it was more than likely.
That's where long-keelers can score on long ocean passages. A ton or more of food, water and gear as a % of displacement is negligible to a long-keeler, but could put a more modern, lighter, fine-keeler way down on her marks.
www.backbearing.com. Astronavigation resources.
Interesting thread and I am not even going to bother arguing.
I have owned a boat that was all ends and deep deep long keel, a bilge keeler, a fin and spade and currently a semi long keeler. All have behaved just fine at sea tho the longer keels are less forgiving in docking.
Peering into the bilges today I see, an engine set quite low, a water tank, an anchor and some chain, two batteries perched on a platform, a sump at arms length. I suppose that that lot would have to go somewhere else in a finkeeler with possibly a leg on the motor.
We all go to sea in what we own already, no?
Why argue with a nautical wall? I just read the graffiti these days.
Lots of things to worry about. Just because other boats have made it doesn't mean you won't or shouldn't worry about these things.
As far as sailing ability is concerned, I would be more concerned about a hull's balance under different conditions rather than its ability to track unaided, and as a mere offshore sailor rather than an ocean one I am happy to leave the rest up to my autopilot.
Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere