You’re absolutely right. It’s not a good Idea.
I tried have done it also with flex bungee cables. In some place it works well. Not much shock on the cables. Sometimes I had it too loose so the rudder was moving.
Ruedi, I would advise against securing the quadrant ,in the event of an emergency a boat should be ready to move immediately . Having to leave the cockpit and go down to the aft stateroom ,lift the bed and untie the quadrant sounds like a bad idea.
I have a small stainless hook secured to the bulkhead about six inches below the wheel ,I use a black rubber bungee with hooks on the ends , I put those hooks over two of the spokes on the wheel and the bungee under the hook. This allows a very little bit of play, but 99 % a the time no movement at all and we live on a mooring. I can unsecure the wheel in one second if need be.
From: Danny and Yvonne SIMMS <simms@...
To: main <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Sep 18, 2019 2:03 pm
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Free or Tie-on the steering wheel
Hi Ruedi, if the wheel is tied tight and there is clonking it is possible your steering cables need adjustment. Easy to do where they are mounted by the quadrant. Just like adjusting cables on a bicycle.
On 19 September 2019 at 00:19 "jlm@..." <jlm@...> wrote:
The best is to fix it, but if you fix it it MUST be without any gap (possibility that the rude can move) ... else do not fix it ...
Le 18/09/2019 à 11:52, Rudolf Waldispuehl a écrit :
I’m curious about experience with tie on the steering wheel and maybe someone has a proven technical answer.
When I’m on Anchor or in a Marina I always fix/tie the steering wheel in the cockpit with a rope. After this summer in many anchorages with some swell I was not sure anymore if these is the right solution.
Always when small waves hitting the rudder the wheel tried to turn in one or other direction and there is a noticeable noise (little dong) on the cables.
When I was loosing the rope then the noise was notable under the aft bed because the Autopilot linear drive gear is moving and made noise.
I’m now quite unsecure which option is the better, - fix the wheel or let it move around? Both ways are working on either AP Linear drive and/or steering cables.
Would be the best option to make a fix/tie on the rudder quadrant to stop moving? Has someone done it?
What is your experience and long-term observations?
Thanks for your thought and best regards