Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Guanaja, Bay Islands, Honduras
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Re: tying off the tiller at the slip
Years ago, my Soverel had the dumbest rudder post set up I've ever seen. The post, rather than enter the boat through a well, had a packing gland, like the shaft. It was held up by a compression pin at the top where the tiller connected. I tied off my tiller, left the boat on the hook, and went home to visit my folks for X-mas. The wave action caused the pin the shear, the rudder fell out, and the boat sank! This was a month after it had sunk and been raised due to a mysterious toilet syphon that had occured while I was home for thanks givivng!!! I now have NO thru hulls below the water line on my boat, an out board rudder and no inboard engine, so no shaft. It's a good feeling and I acuatlly have a layer of dust in my bildge! I tie my tiller off to the side to make room in the cockpit with out any reservations now.
" Some are boat wise and some are other wise"
Last edited by Capt.aaron; 06-06-2012 at 08:30 AM.