Systems & Propulsion

We found this chafed Dyneema steering cable on a brand new $700K boat at the US Boat Show. It appears that play in the cable has allowed it to rub against the bulkhead. As we pointed out in the November 2018 issue, Dyneema’s chafe resistance isn’t great, and is certainly worse than wire, which is traditionally used for this purpose.

Steering Equipment Inspection

They were off the coast of Bequia in the Grenadines, near the end of a breezy passage on a 34-foot cruising sloop. Just as the boat reached past a rocky point, trouble struck. The steering wheel suddenly turned freely in the skipper’s hand.

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