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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:17 pm 
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I've been an enthusiatic outback angler and recently felt in love with the TI. I couldn't stand this and now a yellow one is may second frigate. Yesterday my son and me had the virgin trip on a sheltered bay of the Baltic Sea. It was a sunny day with nice winds, 2°C air and 5°C water temperature. We enjoyed the trip very much; TI sailing is really easy going!


While having read this forum I have learned that some of you had complaints on the rudder function. So we also had. It was pretty hard to steer and at the end of the trip it was impossible to lift it up from onboard, though this was possible onshore before the trip.

Hence my question is whether this might have been related to the relatively cold conditions. I'm very keen to use the TI during those usual winter conditions in Northeast Germany to hunt pikes, pikeperch and perch - it's the bet season at all for doing so in our region. Have you got any advice to improve the rudder performance?

Best regards

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 3:13 pm 
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I have posted this article two days ago, but it has been now approved. Meanwhile, the no-lift-up problem was solved: I recognized yesterday that the rudder down line was fixed on the right site. Thus, just the tough steering issue remains.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:41 pm 
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Henry, for effective steering control, the rudder "down" line must be tightly cleated in place.

There are both UP (Port side jam cleats) and DOWN (Starboard side cam cleats), so to lower the rudder you must first uncleat the line with the "UP" t-handle.

When the rudder is down, cleat it firmly in place using the DOWN side camcleat.

To raise it, you must first uncleat the DOWN line.

It is good idea to practice these things on land quite a few times so you can do them without thinking about it while on the water. Same is true of the sail control lines. If something is binding, use dry silicone to lubricate the system and check inside the hull for any snags in the lines. It is also possible that the steering lines are overtightened due to the cold, and could be loosened up a bit, until summer.

This is from the Tandem Island owner manual:

Positive Rudder Lock Down
In high wind conditions, you
will need to make sure that you
have a fair amount of hold down
force keeping the rudder down.
On the right side of the hull
near the map pocket, there is a
T-handle that you pull to get the
rudder down. Make sure to pull
plenty of tension in the line and
cleat it off to secure the rudder
down. Note that both front and
rear seats have up/down rudder
control. So, for example, if the
front seat has the rudder locked,
the rear seat will not be able to
raise the rudder until the front
seat uncleats the rudder.

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