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A vertical metal pin attached to the leading edge of the rudder of a small boat. Normally two pintles are fitted to such a rudder, and they drop into gudgeons, or rings, fixed to the boat's stern, when the rudder is placed, or hung, in position. This method of hanging a rudder allows it to be swung as desired through the use of the tiller. An advantage of this form of hanging a rudder is that it can be unshipped when not required. Also, in extremely shallow water the rudder will lift if it touches the seabed, thereby avoiding damage.

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