We just completed the ARC Bahamas
. During the safety inspection
prior to departure it was discovered that the emergency
tiller could not be installed. On either side. An aluminum
support angle blocked access to the opening @ the top of the rudder
post. We ended up grinding the metal piece out in order to get the correct angle for insertion. Thankfully all of this was discovered and we had tools at the dock! I would hate to use it for any length of time as the engine hatch
needs to remain open; very dangerous! There should at the bare minimum be an inspection
cover which could be removed to insert the tiller through.