Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Western Canada
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On my previous boat (18.5 Crown(little Cal20)I used a length of shock cord with a turn or two around the tiller, worked well and would hold a course in mild conditions(it had some give) But it would wear the finish off the tiller and then wear indentations into the wood, I had duck tape around the tiller to help(ick), I guess I could've used some thin brass plate or aluminium wrapped around.
i found it annoying as I'd just done the brightwork, Same thing with the new boat. works okay but when you get it tight enough it wears the tiller down, I've also looked at the tensioning block sort of unit that mounts underneath..I think something simple would be good though with minimal holes in the tiller, so I'm trying to decide between these two units both of which look quite simple and have a minimum of lines