hpeer That looks like a Teleflex "manual" hydraulic helm
pump that the steering heel is mounted on.Very common & reliable. However,a backup is required in the event of failure.
Small boats can get away with a squared top rudderstock & an emergency
"tiller" handle that fits on the stock.However,that would never work on a vessel this size.
I noticed what looks like a jog lever mounted beside the helm
pump.You can see it thru the wheel
spokes. I suspect the jog lever operates an electro-hydraulic (autopilot) type pump. Quite likely,she has an autopilot
There was a website where I followed the build from the keel
up & was very informative.They went with a steel rudder
for longevity& it was a perfect copy of the wooden original.However,the rudder
is huge,&,in steel
,extremely heavy.The original steering mechanism was a worm gear
between the wheel
shaft & rudderstock.Even with the large diameter steering wheel,the rudder couldn't be turned,when under engine
There hasn't been much detail released to public,since this design error was discovered at original sea trials.