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October 10, 2020 at 12:53 #26767
Pat
Pat
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My steering gear failed a few years go when I was cruising off the French coast. What happened was the old Mathway steering gearbox suffered a colapse of the ball bearing races. This allowed the pinion to come out of mesh with  the crown wheel and the rudder could  move freely from side to side. (No drive). You can use the emergency tiller to steer and as I mentioned elsewere I used my Fleming wind vane to steer back to the uk. The Mathway box had served for about 40 years and wear and corrosion had taken its toll. It was rebuilt by a local marine engineer and has been fine ever since. Good sailing

October 10, 2020 at 17:13 #26768

Kari and Lawrence
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Hi Pat,

 

Many thanks for your info, perhaps something worth checking on a regular basis, once in awhile.

 

We have Hydrovane wind steering, which would allow an alternative control system, much as yourselves.

 

I will inspect our whole system now though. Great imput.

 

Regards

 

Lawrence

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