Re: The Coquina Rudder
You could always go with the push-pull tiller that a whole bunch of us Sail & Oar open boat sailors prefer. It solves the problems of clearing the mizzen while still letting the helmsman sit anywhere in the boat, even when hiking way out on the rail or standing up to see where the rocks are better. It is so handy that even some guys without mizzens will use it to improve the ability to move anywhere in the boat fore, aft or sideways and still be able to steer. Very much better than a yoke and line in my experience--quicker response with no slop or stretch, more comfortable in the hands, no rope or pulleys in the way to get tangled up with your gear or stowage or where you want to lean or sit, faster to rig up and take down. A locally built Coquina has changed over to this sort of setup, so there's no question that it would work for you too.
Last edited by James McMullen; 01-01-2010 at 04:25 PM.
Amphibious Macroplankton Oughtredia doublendus
Mostly found frequenting the littoral and estuarine zones in the southern half of the Salish Sea, though sightings have been recorded both north and south of this area, and occasionally, but rarely, inland, in freshwater environments. This species lives on micro-brewed beer and dutch-oven biscuits,and displays brightly colored nylon and gore-tex plumage during the rainy season. Approach with caution!