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Emergency steering hole in rodder for rope?
Very few rudders are strong enough that you can drill a whole and tie a steering line anywhere near the trailing edge. In anything other then comparatively calm seas you can expect tremendous stress on that line and the likelihood of tearing off a chuck of rudder. The difficulty in rigging an emergency tiller is just one reason that I personally am so opposed to center cockpits for offshore use.