Can the rudder angle change how the boat rides?
Angled in toward the transom it will lift the transom/push the bow down. Angled away from the transom it will allow the transom to lower/lift the bow.
Increasing the angle (moving away from transom) will also cause the hull to ride higher when cornering. This can increase cornering speed, but also can increase side slip and make the boat less stable in the corner.
I found this write up about boat attitude and it has a lot of really great information about CG, Strut Angle, Trim Tab Settings, Rudder angle, etc.
I know the Traxxas team prefers us not to link to other forums, but the basic information in this write up is excellent and written in a manner that is easy to understand, so I hope they will allow the link to stand.
X2 what hog said. I used the same info/link for setting up my boats. And still go to it for info.
I have the site as one of my "favorites" on my computer, to me it's a must have info.
Wow thats backwards. When the bottom of the rudder is kicked away from the transom in creats lift at the transom, great for hydros. Kicking the bottom of the rudder towards the transom will suck the back down and help keep the boat planted.