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post #4 of Old 04-05-2004
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Emergency steering hole in rodder for rope?

While sailing in the leeward islands, i had my rudder post shear from the internal webbing in the rudder. Obviously, the emergeny tiller, nor the autopilot had to effect in steerage at this point. Mother being the necessity of invention, i dove overboard in a choppy 3-4 ft sea with a 30 ft legnth of line. From the middle of the legnth, I wrapped it from in front of the rudder, around to the back of the rudder and criss crossed it. I then led the lines up stern and to the jib wenches and tightened down on both sides. It wasn''t a perfect, but with alittle adjustments on the wenches, i could hold a course to about 30 deg, which was close enough to get into port, where i could get assistance from shore.
s/v Temptation
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