- Jun 5, 2010
The astute will observe that Bob Perry disagrees with much of what my dad did, a sore point in this family of boatbuilders and one which I, and others, have taken up with the media often over the years. I won't go into reasons for this quasi-rivalry and shall leave it to Hunter owners as to which side of it I take myself.I don't want to suggest that all boat designers are the same, or that John Cherubini (Sr.) didn't test a bunch of prototypes in all conditions before going with this chosen skeg design, but... I recently read a nice blog by boat designer Robert Perry about a famous and successful commissioned design of his. The owner contacted him to tell him that he needed advice because the rudder skeg had broken off. Perry's first question was "How did it steer without the skeg?" and the owner said "Better!" So they left it off and went with a pure spade rudder!