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Anyone ever use a Tiller-Tamer (or similar)? I was looking at them earlier today and thought it might come in handy while single-handing or just when there's a nice steady wind and I want to have a break.


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They're alright, but somewhat flimsy, in my opinion (I had one on my last boat). You can do the same thing with some line or bungees for half the cost.

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This looks like a decent alternative: Cajun Tiller Tamer

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I'd agree that they're a bit flimsy, especially for the cost, and you can do much the same with some 1/4" line and a bungee cord. If you want to get fancy, you can add a cam cleat to the setup.

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I use a product called Tillerlock. It's bullet proof, made from stainless steel and brass. I think it costs about $40. Google "cansail". I can't attach links.
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I use one, it's ok in light wind. Tip: remember that if you go over board the boat will sail away. I trail a long line tied to the tiller in front of the tamer in hopes of turning the tiller if the rope is used.
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Here's the Cansail website... Damn that thing is ugly...

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I have had a tiller tamer on my Oday 23 for several years. It is a great gadget. It works very well on any sort of reach. I have been able to go for 20 minutes without touching the tiller. I have seen several postings on this and other websites that question the robustness of its construction, but I have never had a problem. Maybe because I mounted it on the underside of the tiller so its out of direct sunlight...?
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Good Results here. Never a problem, and it works great. I too have it mounted on the underside.
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