Foer is the kind of adult for whom a pre-Huggies life was rudderless.
In the days which followed I appeared to myself like a rudderless ship in a choppy sea.
He felt as he had at his father's death, rudderless, derelict.
The Ark was rudderless, oarless, and machineless, and could travel only where the High Gods chose.
Without it she was like a rudderless boat on an endless sea, and he knew it.
Dick shouted, veering in the wind of his own words like a rudderless ship in a storm.
He can never get a ship: his career's cut short, he's a rudderless boat.
“I do not comprehend it,” resumed Captain Amphlett, looking more helpless than a rudderless ship at sea.
A man who is all theory is like "a rudderless ship on a shoreless sea."
Already drifting like a rudderless ship, he might any moment founder on the rocks.
Old English roðor "paddle, oar," from Proto-Germanic *rothru- (cf. Old Frisian roðer, Middle Low German roder, Middle Dutch roeder, Dutch roer, Old High German ruodar, German Ruder "oar"), from *ro- "steer" (see row (v.)) + suffix -þra, used to form neutral names of tools. Meaning "broad, flat piece of wood attached to the stern of a boat and used for steering" is from c.1300. Spelling with -d- for -th- first recorded mid-15c. (cf. feather, mother, gather).