That's a likely guess, especially if the bottom slot fits perfectly on the top of the rudder
. The tiller would have to be pretty short, and it would be a bit of a bear to steer though.
Another idea... Their thought might also have been for a strong way to lash the helm
amidships, when laying to a parachute. Remember... In this case, every time that 500' of parachute rode
stretches 100', when the boat's "climbing the next mountain", the craft is flung backwards, putting a hell of a strain on the rudder
, due to its being hinged in the front. (Thus the advantage in a true survival storm, of opting for a Jordan series drogue
, trailed from astern, instead). IMO... The parachute off of the bow's advantage, may actually be to hold the boat stationary and bow-to, (but in just moderately bad weather), so you can get some rest, and wait it out.
AS FAR AS STEERING
For many of us, we have rope
or cable rudder stops on top of the rudder, like mine. If I needed an emergency
steering setup, I would run low stretch lines from the rudder stop hardware
, through blocks on the Ama's inboard corner chainplates, and up to sheet winches that I would somehow free up from their primary duty.
The best bet, however, is failure avoidance! The 3/16" cables
are plenty strong enough, but the front third of them runs through some really salty areas. If these cables
fail, it will be from rusting out, more than from strain alone. (I change mine out every 6 years or so). I have also, over time, gone to great pains to limit the sloshing around in the salty cockpit
sub floor, with CB trunk caps, wave deflectors on the hull's sides, and even inside baffles. These were added in a way that still allows VERY quick evacuation of cockpit
, should I ever get pooped, (again).
I also soak this front third of the steering cables with CRC penetrating oil
each season, when servicing and oiling the sheaves. This combination of changes has vastly reduced cable rust, down to about "0".
Properly built and maintained, Searunner steering with NON rusty cables, will not fail! I trust mine with my life...