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I just bought a raymarine tiller pilot for my boat. I've wanted one for years and finally pulled the trigger. Only thing is, the particular way my tiller is, it doesn't have enough curve to keep it level with the cockpit seats. With nothing holding it up is 12 inches or more under as it doesn't have much curve. With the tiller pilot there is nothing that retains the pushrod vertically to the tiller so my question is:
Is it a big safety issue to tie the end of the pushrod to the tiller where the pin is installed?
My guess is that it would be an issue in an emergency obviously if you need to quickly disengage the pilot, but I was thinking of using bungee or some other elastic material that I could stretch and slip over the end to take the pushrod off quickly.
Logically this works, but do others out there have experience with this and notice something I might not be thinking about.
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Re: autopilot tiller pilot question

On my cal I put a stop under the tiller to hold up the handle above the seats, I use the standard pin.The stop is just a bolt tapped in with washers...Dale

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On my cal I put a stop under the tiller to hold up the handle above the seats, I use the standard pin.The stop is just a bolt tapped in with washers...Dale
Thanks man. So how does this stop work? Can you describe it in more detail?
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Re: autopilot tiller pilot question

If you lift up your tiller you should see the top of the rudder stock or the head fitting under the tiller 'hinge'. It's usually possible to fashion some kind of stop as described by Dale to elevate the tiller. You'll appreciate not having to hold it up yourself, esp when you're shorthanded and steering with the tiller between your knees.

It could be a bolt threaded into the top of the tiller head, raising the point at which the hinged part stops descending.. this image below shows 3 tiller head examples, on the leftmost you can see the adjustable stud that would set the resting 'height' of the tiller.


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I see what you are saying. That never crossed my mind, thanks.
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