Flick of the Wrist magic

Dotan rudder system, simple and intuitive!
Easy to lift, quick to get down the rudder blade!

Dotan's conceptually brilliant rudder mechanism enables you to set the blade with a simple flick of the wrist. The technique is simple. You don't need a degree in rocket science to master it. You'll pick it up in a flash.

Adult, teen and child will take to it like a fish to water!

The rudder system operates as follows:

  • To lift the rudder blade and secure it in the upright position - tiller up and momentarily return it to the original position.
  • Repeat the move to bring the rudder blade down.
  • Keep the tiller up for midway position in shallow water.


To set the blade vertically:

After pushing off from shore, grab the tiller and flick your wrist up and down in a 1-2 action; the blade immediately drops down and locks in its vertical position. The Dotan rudder's wrist action takes a second to perform. With the Dotan rudder, you don't need to look back and concentrate on the task, as you must do with many other rudders. With the Dotan rudder, you're free to keep your eyes focused on what's up ahead of you. This can be critically important when you need to negotiate out of a crowded and cluttered harbor, or when you don't want a wave to hit you broadside. It can save you money that you might have had to spend on repairs.  

Optimist Sailing Boats                

Encountering obstacles

When hitting underwater obstacles such as rocks, sandbanks, jellyfish, etc., the blade automatically kicks up. Lift and lower the tiller with a flick of your wrist and the blade immediately reverts to its vertical, functioning position.


To set the blade horizontally after beaching:

You don't need to do a thing; the rudder blade automatically kicks up as you hit the shore. Then push down on the tiller to set the blade in a fully horizontal position. To preserve the lower blade from abrasion that can occur when hitting the shore, it's recommended to lift the blade with a simple flick of the wrist before hitting the shore, then fixing the blade in the horizontal position.
It is very hindering to sailing if a plastic bag or piece of kelp wraps around the rudder. With Dotan rudder, you can instantly get rid of the hindrance by quickly lifting and lowering the tiller with a flick of the wrist and then immediately repeat the action. It takes a second, and the hindrance is gone. Carry on sailing your course



Dotan`s rudder benefits

  • Flick-of-the-Wrist Magic

    Dotan's conceptually brilliant rudder mechanism enables you to set the blade with a simple flick of the wrist. This action takes less than a second
    Say goodbye once and for all to ropes, elastic bands, fly-nut, screw-in rudder systems and multi-step setting and lifting actions.
  • Rudder Box: Constructed of Non-Corrosive

    Incomparably strong and matchlessly durable, using non-corrosive, composite materials which make the Dotan rudder box more steadier against dynamic loadings than aluminum boxes.
  • Rudder Blade 

    The rudder blade is lightweight and yet durable thanks to the integrated spar and special know-how of high-pressure technology with thermal shock.
    The Dotan rudder blade's profile is designed on the basis of the STEINER and NACA 0009 hydrodynamic profile (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics). The Dotan rudder blade's shape minimizes wave and inductive resistance (more info.)

  • Rudder Adjustment

    The design makes it easy to adapt the rudder box to a variety of sailing boats and catamarans. The rudder box provides the ability to adjust the distance between the gudgeons.
  • Encountering obstacles

    When hitting underwater obstacles such as rocks, sandbanks, jellyfish, etc., the blade automatically kicks up.
  • Warranty

    The rudder box for Optimists has a 5-year limited warranty.


Feel free to contact us using this contact form or write us directly to dotan@dotan.com