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post #4 of Old 07-14-2008
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I know you were planning this trip for some time and I'm glad you survived in one piece if a bit shaken. Learning to steer with the sails is not something you want to try when your rudder breaks that far from port with novice passengers. This is one reason that a dependable outboard on your boat is a life saver. You might want to have that puppy tuned up while your sailing plans are on hold.
OTOH, now you have a perfect opportunity to try to get the feel for steering the boat with just the sails. I believe that in the conditions you were in you would have needed to shorten sail in order to get the boat to balance. Of course, your new improved rudder will never fail, right?
Never assume that Poseidon (eg., Neptune) is smiling on you. That could have been your first mistake.

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