Halfway to Cape Horn, that exact scenario unfolded. The crewman designated to steering controls — everyone had a specific duty — dove down below to address the problem. The rest of the crew reckoned it would take hours to do the job. But 20 minutes later, the crewman popped out of the hatch and said, “New cable installed and tensioned, get underway.” Everyone was amazed and asked how he did it so quickly. It turned out that during his time in port, he stayed aboard and set his alarm for midnight each night to practice changing a cable. The first time took three hours, but he soon learned to assemble all the required tools and different lengths of spare cables near the lazarette. Each night he got quicker and more efficient, so when there actually was an emergency, he was ready. The point is, for those heading offshore, it’s worthwhile to try replacing a steering cable in port — before setting out.