I've got a Prout Snowgoose 35 with twin transom hung rudders.
I run a hydraulic steering
system with two vetus MTC72 steering
rams linked together in series with a fluid tie bar. Each ram is capable of 706Nm of torque.
The setup works well, and I carry a spare good ram as a backup and plenty of hydraulic fluid.
All that being said. I would like to have a mechanical tie bar on board for added security
. On a recent 200m passage
, I found the autopilot
doesn't function well under sail (25knt winds, 3m swell on aft quarter) on a singe rudder
The distance between the rudders from eyelet to eyelet is 306cm. I'm wondering what is the best way to approach getting a suitably strong bar made up?
Ideally the bar would have some adjustment, and be able to separated into two pieces for storage
I also need to figure out what material, and size it should be from. 32mm 316 steel
tubing, carbon fibre, or something else.