All About the Sailboat Rudder

By Matt Claiborne

What Is a Boat Rudder?

The rudder is the underwater part of the boat that helps it turn and change direction. It’s mounted on the rear of the boat.

Rudder vs Keel

A rudder is there to steer direction and a keel provides stability and enable sailing windward.

How Does the Rudder Work?

Originally a steering oar and now a mounted panel, the rudder is an essential underwater control surface on boats that, by deflecting water flow, allows turning the bow by moving the stern.

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