Calling all sailors!

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GeeW
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Re: Calling all sailors!

Post by GeeW » 19 Nov 2018, 18:25

Well the final sail of the season was certainly more exciting than anticipated!
We were reaching just under 2 nm north of the Nab Tower hoping to round it before we ran out of time to get back before dark when a loud 'CRACK' was heard. Wind was E top of F4 with gusts into lower F5. One reef in main and none in mizzen.
We looked around but nothing was obvious....hmmmmm...peered over the stern to discover the rudder sitting at 45 degrees out to the side of where it normally lives! Oh poo I said (or something similar). Couldn't get her to tack so ended up gybing and sailed back,using hand flown sheets to control direction tolerably well until needed more precision as we neared Chichester Hbr entrance, when the outboard was started. Spent the next morning tying he bits together ready for the lift out next week.
Looks like rot in the rudder stock cheeks is to blame but absolutely nothing to be seen on the outside at all. Just the inner laminations that have sucked up the water.
I now know what will be on my building board in December!
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PaulJ
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Re: Calling all sailors!

Post by PaulJ » 19 Nov 2018, 19:47

:shock: Nasty! Chichester can be quite tricky, you did well to get back without calling for help. Well done! I know of at least two boats that had to be abandoned and the crew rescued because they lost the steering and couldn't control the boat. Admittedly they were both a long way from land. Did you find the mizzen became your principle steering?

Many moons ago I went out with a rather keen skipper who decided we would pretend that we had lost steering and we would practice sailing without using the rudder. It was a 42ft bermudan sloop (Bavaria) in about a F3 and a virtually calm Solent. We tried dragging buckets, sail trim, shifting ballast....... nothing made much difference! I vowed that when I had my own boat I would NEVER lose the rudder! So the current boat is a long keeler with a full length, transom hung rudder supported by FIVE pintles and tiller steering...... and I carry a spare tiller just in case!

Where in Chichester harbour do you keep your boat? I kept a previous boat in Bosham.....

Paul

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Re: Calling all sailors!

Post by GeeW » 20 Nov 2018, 17:43

Paul
Correct, the mizzen was the principle steering aid. Also helped by the fact that a Libby has almost no rudder loads when sailed normally, it only loads when you try to get the last knot of speed.
Boat lives half way between Emsworth and Hayling Bridge. Girte Rithe.

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Re: Calling all sailors!

Post by Tobe » 20 Nov 2018, 18:05

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Re: Calling all sailors!

Post by GeeW » 21 Nov 2018, 18:56

Thanks for that Tobe...I will also be buying a Lotto ticket this evening as my luck is obviously good at the moment.
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