Can anyone help me with an emergency tiller for Junkanoo? I bought the bout 2 1/2 years ago and the fact that the boat didn't have one is starting to make me nervous. If you have a spare looking for a home,or if you know a good source let's talk.
I have seen emergency tillers fabricated from square tubing, that was bent into an L to salvage yard tillers machined to fit the rudder post with prices from $50.00 up A good machinist could fabricate one to your liking and pocketbook. suggestion, Keep in mind the word emergency !! It hopefully will never be used. Roscoe
FWIW, Do not assume just because you have an emergency tiller that it will work in a steering failure. Had the woodruff key fall out of the quadrant and the quadrant slipped so that there was very little left rudder. I figured no sweat, just dig out the emergency rudder and all will be well. Unfortunately, the friction/drag in the steering and the fact that the quadrant was still bolted tightly to the rudder shaft made it very difficult to steer with the emergency tiller. I got a little more port rudder, barely enough to keep the boat going straight ahead, by cranking the wheel hard over and leaning on the emergency tiller. When not fighting the slipped quadrant, I had to put most of my weight against the tiller to steer. Ended up steering by turning the wheel while simultaneously leaning on the tiller. It wasn't easy and would've been exhausting to steer in a seaway for any length of time.
Be prepared to disconnect the quadrant from the wheel if you really plan on using the emergency tiller. That is not an easy task if you have to do it while the boat is being steered. The quadrant will be in constant motion and getting at the bolts to loosen the cable is not easy. In short, count your fingers when your through 'cause they could be at risk. Best to do a little practice using the 'E' tiller and disconnecting the wheel from the rudder. A little practice could make a big difference when it's really needed.