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I had a similar problem when I took Second Wind out for the first time
solo. I have the attachment connecting the tiller to the motor. My
problem was that the motor handle in the down position was blocked by
the motor mount (as you pointed out). I raised the motor handle to a
straight upright position and that solved the problem. It did take a
while to figure out what was limiting the tiller. Had there been rocks,
I would have been on them. I now check to see if the motor arm is up
before I back out of the slip. I hope your solution is this simple. Joe
Well we finally got Ozone launched this Sunday. The weather up at
BAy on Lake Erie was very nice. I got the mast up with the help of
wonderful mast crane. Quality equipment, BTW! I'm am not sure if I have
shrouds tightened correctly or not. At least the mast is straight with
Motoring from the ramp to the marina took about 30 minutes. The tiller
like I was handling a semi-truck; took much effort to steer, not sure
It wasn't hanging up on anything. Bilges dry. No problems there.
The really disappointing part was getting her into her slip. She didn't
respond to the tiller very well and I ended up on the rocks.
the bilges are still dry. The rudder has portions of paint missing, but
other than that I see no damage to it. The diamond board hit the rocks,
too, but still functions ok. I was going very slow, BTW. I guess I just
need to get used to the boat and practice, practice and practice some
I had the marina move me to a slip away from the rocks and more room to
maneuver. I feel very foolish and could kick myself for blemishing my
Part of my problem was trying to move the motor and tiller in the same
direction to make sharp turns. The motor handle is blocked by the motor
mount. I tried making turns without moving the motor but the turns were
sharp enough to get into the slip with the space I had. I don't know if
could give me suggestions.
If there are any Rhodies in the area of Sandusky Ohio, I would like to
if someone could take a look at my mast rigging to see if I did it
I will learn, I just hope not to do it at the expense of my sweet girl.
looked real foolish in the marina; not on the lake where I did just