Thanksgiving week I was crew on a 44 cat that had a steering cable brake, thankfully only 80 miles or so from our destination
of Key West
. Emergency tiller worked great ONCE we got it in. The little plastic plug
that covered the placement hole took a good bit of tackle and winching to get out!! Apparently 15 years of life at sea had dont a toll on the plug
. Once we got the tiller inplace, we then rigged up some lines so we could use it from the cockpit
. In calm conditions one person could control it easily, when the waves where a bit up, we shared the control, with 1 person pulling to port and the other pulling to starboard.
lessons learned for me... not only know eher the tiller is, and you can get to it, but make sure you can get the dang thing in...
also.. if your steering system has cables
hidden away... make sure and check where those cables
bend around and such!