Hove to aboard a cutter
rigged CT 41
off Point Conception in 1983 hurricane
that came up the coast from the Baja
in January. (that was the one that tore my favorite bar, the Blue Moon Saloon
, off the end of the Redondo Beach pier.) Lashed down the main and put up a storm sail on separate track, took the jib
(yankee) off and stored it below and barber hauled boom on the staysail across. Tied the wheel
down so the rig was balanced as much as I could in a very confused sea about 40 miles offshore
, headed for Japan
and went below for about 18 hours.
Survived the ordeal but when the seas began to moderate, by tying down the helm
, I had put too much pressure on the rudder
(not tied down hard over) and snapped the steering
cable between one of the sheaves and the quadrant. Bit of drama replacing the steering
cable which you have to do lying on your back under the cockpit deck
... thank goodness I had a roll of plastic over cable clothesline aboard which served well until we made port although the steering was pretty sloppy. The emergency
tiller wouldn't fit in to the fitting for some reason... rusted up, I recall
. Looked like I had gone 5 rounds with Mike Tyson when I finally finished the gerry rigged steering cable.
Best to practice the procedure first in gradual seas with at least force 6-8 winds to try out how your boat behaves... my guess is each vessel will peform differently.
Great thread... hope my mistakes
help someone. Capt Phil