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Among the many solutions, one I have had to use for short distances is as follows.
If your boat is fitted out for long distance crusing, or is under 30 feet, ther is a good chance you have an outboard motor mount on the transom for times when the diesel conchs out. The motor at Idle speeds or at about 1/3 throttle can make a very effective rudder if fashioned so that you can manipulate it from the cockpit. And as previously stated, it is also a good saftey back up for the much more likley scenario of auxilary engine failure.