We have a saying in logging, 'give a logger two rocks in the morning, and by lunch he will have lost
one and broke the other'!
So while sailing last weekend I felt some resistance on the wheel
, heard a 'bang', and steering
returned to normal. Turns out the Robertson Autohelm
200 had been accidently engaged and I had broken the 'dogbone?' connecting the hydraulic cylinder to the rudder
stock - picture included I hope. It broke top left, right where the key goes in. Turns out there were 'voids' in the casting, which is, I suppose, why it broke there. The voids also made welding back together a real challenge.
So where would I find a new one? Stamped on it is TA 175
as best as I can tell. I realize Simard now handles the Robertson line, but it seems to me this part would not be supplied by them as it would not be a generic part but unique to virtually every boat model. Your help will be grearly appreciated.