Emergency Steering

A Simple Backup Rudder for Ocean Voyagers Webmaster Sat, 01/25/2020 - 19:08

In the 2002 WMPC, five boats had serious rudder problems, and one boat was abandoned. Here is a simple design for a backup rudder that is light, small, and cheap.

One Year after Low Speed Chase

There’s nothing in life more absolutely devastating than the loss of a loved one. It creates a sudden vacancy once occupied by a meaningful connection, awakens us to our own mortality, and forces us to evaluate who we are, what we’ve done and where we’re headed. For the family, friends and survivors, the April 14, 2012 Low Speed Chase accident at the Farallones changed our lives forever.

Bill Lee on Alternate Steering Methods - No Rudder Needed?

Excerpt from Transpac Questions and Answers
Bill Lee, Wizard Yachts Ltd.


Q: My boat has a long graceful stern overhang with a small traditional transom. I
see no way to fit an emergency rudder to meet the emergency steering
requirement of section 4.15.

A: The actual requirement is “alternative methods of steering” of which an
emergency rudder is only one.