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New tiller lock design

This is a new product that I would like to offer. Would anyone be interested in buying one if it was put on the market? What do you think is a fair price?

Segel Tiller Brake - YouTube

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Looks like an interesting evolution to tiller braking. My guess is that you are going to either be competitive with the Tiller Tamer or else be able to show superior tiller management. Good luck with your venture.
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It has got to cost more then the Tiller Tamer as there is more to it: Tiller-Tamer by Davis
The Tiller Tamer also does not have a zippy Utube video.
I also wonder how well the 1 design class fleets will greet such inventions.
Sounds cool but will likely cost around $75 US?
I'd consider it if I had a transom mounted rudder. Guess I'll stick to bungee cords.
Nice video though.
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This looks as if it could offer rudder protection by perventing back slamming of rudder. $150.-$200 it would sell, So much better than a tiller tamer as you can lose it at a flip of a finger!Now you need to get a new one for a spade rudder! --Dale
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Looks neat. If I had a tiller I might be inclined to try it, depending on the price. Maybe Sailnet will pick it up
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Hmmm. Levers, pawls, ratchets, belcrank mechanism, shielded cable. All pretty much exposed to salt spray. I think I'll stick with a simple rope and my $50 Cansail Tiller Clamp.

You might think about shipping these with an oversized tiller cover as part of the package.
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I'd buy one.
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It looks interesting. I like the ease of use compared to a Tiller Tamer type of arrangement. Do you have an idea of the price? Could you adapt the hand control to use a line in the cockpit instead of the steel rod mounted to the transom? That should reduce the cost and simplify installation considerably.
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The link doesn't work for me. For what it's worth, I have been very happy with my Wavefront tiller clutch. Sturdy aluminum, very simple. I think it was $40. WaveFront Marine - The TillerClutch
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Hey guys

Thanks for all of your replies. It helps to hear other opinions. I think if I do market this tiller brake, it is going to create two camps of people. Those that like the rope and tiller tamer solution because it is cheap, and the camp that will buy this device because it offers a precision solution with more rudder control. Unfortunately for the later camp, it has to cost more money because it costs more to manufacture. This tiller brake has to cost north of $100.00. Does that scare you away?

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