Chris, I know you haven't been a fan of the new rudder. You & others have made some good points, but I think the new rudder is a major functional improvement over the old. Here is a quote from a recent trip.
While waiting for the tide to come in (and give us a ride through Indian Key Pass), we compared our rudders: Twist-n-Stow vs the Vertical rudder. Clearly, the Vertical rudder is much more robust:
8” wide vs 7” on the T&S. And, the Vertical rudder extends 14.5” below the transom vs only 11” for the T&S. The Vertical rudder extends up and beyond the mid-line—the depth to which our boats are submerged when loaded for camping. The vertical rudder is a smart, major improvement over the T&S.
From some of the stories and my observations during recent Watertribe Everglades Challenge, the new rudder is a much better sailing rudder than the old T&S.
I'm shuting down. Got to get up early for a trip tomorrow.