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Mike McCoy

Just an interesting side note re; my Aries SS/Bronze model.

This past weekend was Guatemalan Independence day (Sept 15). Big BIG celebration here. All the rich Guatemalans come down from the City and take their 30, 40, 50 foot powerboats out for a spin up/down the Rio. Needless to say, there is some serious wake action around the marina.

We're all med moored, stern to here. Most people use a plank from the dock to their stern to get on/off their boats. To protect the wood caprail/boomkin, I have a short 2 X 12" plank extending straight out from the dock (Sort of like a diving board). I just walk out the 'diving board' and step up onto the boomkin.

Anyway, a HUGE wake came thru... we call em 'tsunamis', or yell a warning 'Surf's up!'... and the boat waddled back & forth, pitching madly up & down. The servo rudder post (I'd removed the actual servo rudder itself) came down on the 2X12 and snapped it off even with the dock like a popsickle stick. No damage at all the the vane.


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