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On the Mooring; free running tiller?

I am a first-time keelboat owner in a mooring field. I have been leaving my tiller free to swing with tide and current, but it doesn't swing much. My rationale is why apply any pressure, however slight, to the sleeves and bearing when I'm not underway.

But viewing neighboring boats, their wheels appear locked.

What is recommended and why? Thanks
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Re: On the Mooring; free running tiller?

I can see it being done to keep the boat more inline with the current, but I have to wonder if leaving it to "Sway in the breeze" might not cause more wear and tear on the bearings than locking it off?

And what about a storm, would you want your rudder swinging wildly from side to side?
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Re: On the Mooring; free running tiller?

Lock and center it. It can yawl into other boats if it's left free. If you watch as tide and wind change all the boats will look like ducks in a row and all face the same. Not always but most of the time.
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Re: On the Mooring; free running tiller?

Tie it off. In a blow it will swing wildly and could be damaged.
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Re: On the Mooring; free running tiller?

Always tie it off. You can wear out your pintles and the risk of damage is real with a wheel if it goes to full deflection at speed because of the flywheel effect.
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Re: On the Mooring; free running tiller?

How about tying it off but with bungees so it has the littlest but of give.
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Re: On the Mooring; free running tiller?

Definitely tie if off. Two boats ago (when I had a tiller), I used a government surplus aircraft control lock cable, a nice 12" length of vinyl-covered aircraft wire rope with a foot-and-a-half-long red canvas pennant boldly stencilled "REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT".

Yes, the Holland 7.6 was a pretty fast boat ;-)
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Re: On the Mooring; free running tiller?

You have your answer. In fair weather no big. Deal. In a storm or heavy chop it will beat it to death.
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