Originally Posted by DW1979OA
Port Townsend Foundry can probably make exactly what you want in that deck fitting. I had them cast some bronze hawse cleats for me that turned out great.
When I brought my boat up from Sacramento to Bremerton I had a metal strap made to take the place of the hydraulic ram and keep the rudders straight ahead in case the ram blew out. Never needed it but have it anyway.
Now this is a good idea. In case of a steering failure, just mount a pre-fabricated fixed link to hold rudder/s in neutral. No tending the tiller and can remain inside to run throttles for steerage. (On a twin of course)