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|11-14-2011 02:23 PM|
|smurphny||I have had an apparent loss of steering a couple of times when hitting a current that matches boat speed hence, no rudder effect. Maybe you lost enough speed to have this happen??? Actually had this happen once right in The Race with the current ripping and thought for sure I had lost the rudder or something.|
|11-14-2011 01:48 PM|
Or, maybe Poseidon was just pissed that day.
|11-14-2011 10:49 AM|
|RobGallagher||Thanks for the well thought out replies.|
|11-07-2011 03:37 AM|
Originally Posted by Sailormon6 View Post
I also note that your first action to shorten sail was to furl the jib. In boats with rolling furlers I know this is the most tempting option when having to shorten sail, but it's not always the best. In my experience, on a lot of broad-beamed cruising yachts the headsail is extremely vital to pointing ability under heavy conditions.
I think that by doing so you exacerbated already heavy weather helm and is perhaps part of the reason why you experienced such a delayed recovery.
In such conditions, by all means take in some headsail - but leave yourself something to work with, and don't be afraid to reef the main if you're overpowered. On big ponderous boats, generally the improved control gained by leaving some headsail out is well worth the extra canvas.
|11-06-2011 01:36 PM|
Good idea to ease the sails and head down.
My guess is that your loss of rudder control was due to the rudder ending up in a hydrodynamic state of 'chaos' - either cavitation, out of the water, or heeled over enough for rudder to be 'near horizontal' ; all might cause temporary loss of rudder.
I am betting that the rudder was partially out of the water and at an angle far from vertical.
|11-06-2011 12:03 PM|
|paulk||We have a friend whose steering gear "locked up" on him. Seems he forgot he'd turned on the autopilot...|
|11-05-2011 10:18 PM|
Originally Posted by Faster View Post
|11-05-2011 12:12 PM|
|Faster||Tiller or wheel? Could something in the lazarette have tumbled in the knockdown and blocked the steering system? and it fell free once you righted?|
|11-05-2011 11:14 AM|
Thanks for your replies. And thanks for reading that long winded description of what happened
@Sailorman, Good assessment. The only thing is, when I looked over the stern I could see that the rudder was near center but would not turn.
@sawingknots, could not have touched bottom, I was close to a shallow area but well outside the buoy.
|11-05-2011 10:25 AM|
|sawingknots||maybe you touched the bottem and the the momentum[sic] of the boat carried it over and past|
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