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Re: tillerlock vs tiller clutch

I have to agree with the others. On a boat that size and with a limited budget, a simple line and cleat rig is the way to go.
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Re: tillerlock vs tiller clutch

I am about as much of a ghetto fabulous sailor as they get...my current tiller is actually an axe handle...
But I read about something that sounded good, I've never seen it in person, but:
Seems if you go get a timing belt or chain off an old car, it looks like a tiny ladder, string it across your cockpit, then put some sort of small lug on the underside of your tiller, simply drop the lug into the right spot on the timing belt, and viola! Tiller is locked in place.
I thought it was really clever when I read about it.
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Re: tillerlock vs tiller clutch

A Davis tiller tamer came with our old Beneteau 235, but the plastic quickly gave up. When it died, I replaced it with the Canadian tiller lock. Great construction and simple to operate...I could lock the tiller with one hand. Bungee cords and other lines work well, but I enjoyed just having to flip the handle. I'll also add, we kept our boat in a slip and the tiller lock kept the rudder locked in position.
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Re: tillerlock vs tiller clutch

Tillerlock, from Canada.
Heavy line, strung across rear of cockpit, goes into a pinch point. Rotate ball-topped lever, and a cam squeezes the pinch point closed onto the line.

Very intuitive! Lasts and lasts.
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Re: tillerlock vs tiller clutch

I don't want to drill holes in my tiler, so I took an old surfboard leash and removed the neoprene ankle part and attached old line to it. It grips the tiller well and can be removed quickly.
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Re: tillerlock vs tiller clutch

I use a simple bungy cord from a cleat either side of the cockpit with either one turn around the tiller for light air or two turns if the wind gets up a bit.
I wrapped a piece of aluminum around the tiller to stop the bungy from biting into the wood of the tiller. It does just fine with the tiller just stretching the bungy a little with the wave action. Also have a tiller pilot that will really hold course when I'm up on the foredeck when the wind gets up a bit.
Cheap easy and not in the way
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Re: tillerlock vs tiller clutch

In the video it looks like the clutch is threatening to clip the helmsman's knees.
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Re: tillerlock vs tiller clutch

This has been my solution. Pretty cheap. Two adjustable loops (adjustable grip hitches) and a loop in the middle (alpine butterfly). Works pretty good. Doubles as a dock line.
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