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Yesterday, for the first time I successfully sailed singlehandedly. Though things were stressful at times, I had a blast and things went well. Does anyone have any tricks for locking the tiller temporarily so as to go forward to raise sails, get an drink, etc? Not interested in an autopilot yet. I have a tiller extension which I was able to wedge into the bimini frame to escape the cockpit, but it seems there should be a better way. Is there an item (other than autopilot) made specifically for this purpose? Thanks.....Gary
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Can get a tiller tamer from West Marine for about $30. It''s basically just a length of rope run through a locking mechanism. You can also use a length of rope from side to side with a couple of wraps around the tiller handle in a pinch. Not sure about other brands, but Hunters have a cutout in the cockpit floor for a table, which you can get a rod with a cup on top to hold the tiller handle. Hope this helps.

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Get an autopilot.It will free you up to trim the sails, make a meal, take a whiz. With a remote installed, you can raise & lower sails, reef, pull the anchor,etc. without having to run back to the tiller. High safety factor, especially when singlehanding
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Need help sailing singlehanded???

I don''y know how big a boat you are single-handing but I was very successful at single-handing my previous 28 footer by using a length of shock chord that I rigged accross the cockpit. I used a heavier shock chord (typically 5/16" and 3/8"). I would tie a permanent loop in each end that I could drop over cleats on both sides of the cockpit. When in place the shock chord was relatively tight. I would leave it in place the whole time that I was single-handing. When I needed to leave the tiller I would take two or three loops of shock chord around the end of the tiller. I was able to make fine adjustments by rotating the loops around the tiller a little bit one way or another. This worked well enough on my boat that I could single-hand under spinacker including jibing the pole, go to the head or make lunch (although I would typically hove to do the latter two items.)

That is about as easy and cheap a solution as I know of. Regular line does not work as well for this purpose.

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Need help sailing singlehanded???

Thanks guys.....I never heard of a tiller tamer, so I did a search and when I saw it, I remembered seeing one left by the previous owner. Ha....I already have one. What a break! Although I like Jeff''s idea too. I will try his first before I drill two holes in my tiller. Thanks for the help....Gary
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