Keith, I thought on this for a while and I think I can simplify what we are talking about. Rudder Bonus - give extra to single rudder or take away bonus from those that have it. I am not sure if you are an MWC member (we as members are not allowed to know this information.. another story) however I have not seen you at Nats, and as such you may not be aware of discussions. I would like to enlighten you on a few things. The first notion is that of the 'boat breaker' rule. This is the type of rule that takes away, reduces, or changes a boat for the worse. These rules leave people very upset, with grudges, and very resentful. I can tell you that for a fact because I am one of them. A rule that takes away the dual rudder bonus would 'break' the current dual rudder ships for all fleets.. so I doubt you would get much support for that. The second is what I will refer to as a 'slanted' rule. To ME, others may differ, it means a rule that provides a performance increase to a group of boats on one fleet OR it provides the performance advantage to a large group on one fleet and a very small group on the other fleet. Once again.. the results are the same as a 'boat breaker' rule.. resentment etc. A good rule, in my opinion, is a rule that can't be classified as one of the above, which in essence would make it a balanced rule. This typically would apply to performance based rules, not things like paint, timers, etc. So if you give single rudders ships a bonus, how many ships on each fleet would be affected? Would it be balanced or slanted? And if you take away the bonus, as I already pointed out, it would be a 'boat breaker' rule. I hope this helps you understand where some of us folks are coming from.