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A transverse board fitted to the top of a rudder in a small boat instead of a tiller, the rudder being moved by yoke lines attached to the ends of the yoke and operated by the helmsman. Yokes are mainly to be found in small boats which are pulled by oars; and very occasionally in small, open sailing craft where the position of a mizzen or jigger-mast makes the operation of a tiller impossible. See also steering gear.

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