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Preparation for the event of steering mechanism failure


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What is the issue?
A steerage mechanism failure is high unlikely with tiller bases systems and if it does happen may be easily addressed. However wheel based systems add a layer of complexity to the system and many more moving parts that are subject to failure.

Why address this?
A failed steering mechanism whilst in deep ocean could present a major problem plus make a port entry challenging.

How to address this?
Notch the rudder as presented in figure 1. This enables a knotted line to be dropped into the slot to provide a very straight forward jury rig steering system.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.


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