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post #30 of Old 01-19-2014
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Re: why so long?

Tiller pressure can be greatly reduced by good rig tuning, good sail trim (i.e., reducing any imbalance between the pressures on the mainsail and jib), timely reefing of sails, reducing heeling, good helmsmanship, etc. If you eliminate all those causes of excess tiller pressure, then you will be able to get by with a shorter tiller.
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