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Re: sailing with the incredible hulk
I was reversing under duress a few weeks ago in full throttle with the rudder hard over. I was fighting a current and wind and things were generally not going well. I found myself pulling hard on the wheel and wondering if the force I was encountering what the wheel/rudder stop or if it was just the force of several knots pinning my barn door hard over. It was an important question to answer because if it was being pinned, all I needed was more force, but it I was at the stop, more force could break something.
A rudder position indicator would really have helped me with this problem. I once saw a guy make one out of a standard shift cable attached at one end to the rudder stock and attached at the other end to a wooden arrow. Genius and cheap.
The other idea that I've been wanting to implement for some time, is to make a parallel steering system, so that if the first were to fail the second one would be there. Basically I would use spectra and pulleys and have them running to the edison gear the same way the cables do. That way if a cable slipped off the guide, or if the chain broke, there would be a second system of lines and pulleys already there with only an inch slack, ready to implement.
Did that make any sense? I know a picture would help, but I haven't drawn it up yet...
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