Whilst sailing from Adelaide to Sydney
, we lost
our steering! Storm, middle of the night - early morning 1am! emergency
tiller for next 500 nm.
So Ive ripped out the old one being careful to first tape some string cord to each wire's end. The broken wire proved a problem, but I think I got there in the end.
So the yacht is a Duncanson 40'er, and it has chain and wire steering
In order to get the correct rudder
position to match the helm
position the wire cables
needed to be crossed as the quadrant faces aft.
I crossed them inside the pedestal
as there are 2 separate holes for the wires to feed done so one come out to a seat and the other to a sprocket which takes the second chain, the first is above on the helm
Now, going aft there is a small "floating death", just before the wire run up towards larger seathes and the quadrant. It could be possible to cross the wires here except that good tension would need to be maintained and the wires would possibly rub against each other as the Floating seath is only 50 mm in diameter.
Now I might be wrong and may need to re do the whole thing again but it seems to work fine and whenever I look at this small seath and think "Is this where the wires should cross?", I"m just not sure.
Any advice from someone that knows the yachtes, would be appreciated.
Duncanson Yachtes are buit in Australia
, Adelaide, South Australia