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It was in the slip. Snapped it off where it comes out of the mounting hardware.
I keep my tiller tied off to keep the rudder from swinging back and forth and putting wear and tear on the pintles (I leave a little slack but not much). I didnít even think about when the storm was coming.
The wind should have been coming from the South which would mean there wasnít hardly any fetch as the waves would have been coming down a short slough and the cross dock should have blocked some of the waves but apparently it was worse than it should have been. The marina staff told me several people stayed on their boats and swore they would never do it again. Scared them pretty bad.
Iíll get with Ruddercraft and get one ordered. Is varnished good enough or should I go with the varnish and epoxy. Iím going to sell the boat soon if that makes a difference.
Gary, yes - glad you werenít on board. Even a small patch of water can become a washing machine in hurricane-force winds. IMO, the varnish and epoxy finish is designed to last several seasons without having to refinish. But, if youíre planning to sell soon, plain varnish should work fine for most of a season.
Trying to imagine the dynamics... It seems a boat heeling violently back and forth (from wind on the mast as well as washing-machine waves) would be trying to break either the tiller or the rudder blade--you got the less expensive outcome of the two! In the slip on a protected river, I used to tie my tiller up to the backstay, but in an approaching major storm, I removed the rudder.
The Ruddercraft deal looks better than what I paid somebody (maybe CD) around 16 years ago when someone lost their balance and sat on my tiller.
Dave Bristle Association "Port Captain" for Mystic, CT PO of 1985 C-25 SR/FK #5032 Passage, ex-OUPV, Now on Eastern 27 Sarge (but still sailing when I can). Passage, Mystic, and Sarge--click to enlarge.
Dave, that tiller is still going strong these many years later. I remove the tiller and rudder from the boat each winter to make sure theyíre both intact for the following year. Last year I traced the tiller onto a piece of 5/4 oak board just in case. I glued the two thicknesses together to get the right size. It weighs a ton, but itís a fine back up.
Gary - Surprised the tiller broke just being dockside. Something for me to think about when an impending storm is approaching.
I was surprised too. Normally when a storm is approaching I move the boat to another marina thatís totally protected but this storm just didnít seem that big of a deal and based on its track I knew the winds would be blowing from the South and blowing from the near shore so didnít worry about it much.
Unfortunately I forgot about the rudder being tied up. Thinking about it just now, I really didnít take a close look at the rudder to see if it might have been damaged as well. Better get down there this weekend and check it out.
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