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3154Re: Emergency Tiller Access Plate - S34 MkI

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  • Eric
    May 1, 2006
      Dave:

      You could do something like this:
      http://spirit.the-millers.org/EmergencyTiller1.jpg

      Eric
      Sabre 30 #36 "Spirit"
      West River, MD


      --- In Sabresailboat@yahoogroups.com, dave@... wrote:
      >
      > All,
      > Full agreement with the problem(s)!
      >
      > I used some rope caulk from Ace Hardware to replace the grey stuff that
      > was leaking. Probably because I'd opened it up to see how it works! The
      > idea of smashing through the plate in an emergency is plausable but just
      > what you'd need in a real emergency (not).
      >
      > I've considered replacing it with a small spin-off deck plate.
      >
      > dge
      >
      > > Carter:
      > >
      > > I think the reason the original cover was made of cheap plastic
      was so
      > > that in an emergency, you could just bash it with the end of the
      > > emergency tiller. At least that's what I was told.
      > >
      > > Eric
      > > Sabre 30 #36 "Spirit"
      > > West River, MD
      > >
      > > --- In Sabresailboat@yahoogroups.com, Carter Brey wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Greg,
      > > >
      > > > I'm just about to replace mine and was wondering the same
      thing. It's
      > > > not the greatest design, is it? Mine had broken at the edges from
      > > > pressure stress at the fasteners as well as the kicking and
      scraping of
      > > > innumerable boat shoes. On my new one, I'm using finishing
      washers to
      > > > spread the load a bit, rather than chamfering the screw holes.
      > > >
      > > > I'm thinking that the simplest solution might be to spread a
      thin layer
      > > > of silicone on the bottom of the plate as well as in the screw
      holes.
      > > > Adhesion is not an issue, just sealing against water intrusion.
      In the
      > > > rare and unlikely event that you need to pop it open, you could
      just
      > > > re-seal it the same way after scraping off the old silicone.
      > > >
      > > > I was also considering some sort of thin rubber gasket, but I'm not
      > > sure
      > > > such a thing would make as good a seal, considering the molded-in
      > > > nonskid surrounding the hole.
      > > >
      > > > As someone else on the list has pointed out, it's a darkly
      funny fact
      > > > that any situation requiring use of the emergency tiller would most
      > > > likely be one in which fumbling for and with a screwdriver
      would not be
      > > > the helmsman's first priority. Some kind of tool-less release
      mechanism
      > > > would be a welcome improvement.
      > > >
      > > > Best regards,
      > > > Carter Brey
      > > > s/v Delphine
      > > > 1982 S28 II #532
      > > > City Island, NY
      > >
      >
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