Allen Brothers in the UK and the Farr X2 team have been working very hard on the design of a new Rudder Cassette system exclusively for the Farr X2. Stern hung rudders were always in the design brief for two reasons, the main reason based on experience from the Mini Transat 6.5 Series class. Where Bret Perry spent 6 years in the fleet and it was a rule in the series (production) class that kick up rudders were not legal. But the hull design meant twin rudders were the only real option and in the case of an impact the rudder, gudgeons or transom would take the load and could be damaged. With under boat twin rudders in an impact can be a lot worse, leading to severe hull damage, which can lead to potential life threatening situations.
So, the team put their thinking caps on to design an impact kick up system for stern hung rudders. The design team went to work and it is now a reality. A share pin designed to break at 100 kg will allow the rudder to kick upon impact. A spare pin will allow you to re set and continue on your way.”
” Its a safety thing” says Bret Perry.” Hitting an object anytime can be dangerous so being able to minimize the damage to the boat and stay safe as well is critical when your offshore.” “With more and more objects in the water the Farr X2 impact fuse rudder cassette system provides that little bit extra peace of mind while out there performing at your best” Perry added.