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I'm not much in to sailing., but a customer has a need, so I'm up for the job. This is a handle that steers the rudder of a sailboat. Apparently, it's only used in the event that the steering wheel of the boat which is controlling the rudder via a cable system fails. When the steering wheel and cables fail, you manually attach this handle to the rudder, and you can make your way home or to the nearest marina. This is a piece of Oak that was sitting in the hull of the boat for 35 years. It was the most weathered piece of wood I have ever worked with. Thankfully it was still straight. I did not take any before pics but picture a black piece of Oak with green growth and the metal hardware covered in green and white scale. The customer also wanted it shortened a bit (removed 18") so recreating the taper was important. I tried to leave a little of the patina on the upper half of the handle - just for old time's sake.
Thanks for checking out the emergency rudder handle.
Greg

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nice fix for a necessary piece of equipment (when it's needed)
 

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Nice fix. Hope they never have to use it. Nicely done.
 

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That should do it for a good long time!!

Jim
 

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Nice save.
 

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Have small trailerable sailboat with a tiller (like / similar you just built) that controls the rudder. Great job on a piece of emergency equipment that all wheel steering sailboats should have.
 
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