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I'm working with a guy who just bought a big boat with Hydraulic steering.
It is almost 15 turns of the wheel from lock to lock.
This is a very big boat 60' about 55,000 lbs and the wheel is small.
Barn door rudder on a skeg.
The delivery captain complained that the number of turns made it hard to steer. I'm not surprised. I operated the wheel and it turns easy enough but of course, it still takes a while to do 15 turns. It is a bit of a workout.
I have him checking the model as some models have an adjustment for the number of turns. It will translate into a harder to turn the wheel if fewer turns used.
Does anyone have any experience similar to this?
The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.