The (black) rudder pin on the AI failed yesterday - fortunately in calmer water and I was able to put in a new pin by reefing the sail and reaching backwards. The scary part is that the pin broke 20 minutes after I'd spent 40 minutes traversing the cliff-lined southern shore of Schouten Island (Tasmania, Australia) coming as close as 200m upwind in around 20knots and lumpy 1.5 metre seas. If the pin had broken then I could not have fixed it in those conditions, would have ended up on the rocks and would not be writing this now! I did not set out to sail in these conditions, but one does not always have the choice, especially here in the path of the Roaring 40's!
In this regard the pins are certainly a safety issue.
So I've read the many posts on the pins from last year and wanted to check that the grey pins have solved the problem.
Anyone else sailing AI's is Tas?
Hey Rob. Welcome mate.
We all keep in touch via this forum to organise outing ( we call them Amardas ), and speaking on behalf of the blokes up this way who sail together, we would be keen to keep in touch with you for a possible get together down that way. I come from Kingston Beach originally and can't wait to get the AI down there later this year.
Looking forward to seing some shots from you of the homeland, especially around Freycinet. ( CowsGoMoo is the police chief on photos
Don't take life too seriously................it ain't permanent.