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post #19 of Old 12-29-2006
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"That is it!!! Simple said" .. yeah right that's it.. When we lost stearing off the the coast of Puerto Rico I had done more uncontrolled jibes in the space of a few minutes than I care to remember.

We didn't loose the rudder though and while I was trying to get control of the boat with sails we were digging out the emergency tiller. I never did get it under control untill we got the emergency tiller working. (32ft catalina in 20+ knots, 3-5ft seas)

In theory it works. Given enough time and leeway. Only I had reefs 1/4mile to leeward.
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