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Location: S/V Waltzing Matilda, Port Ludlow, WA (NW Puget Sound)
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Re: Toe Rail Replacement with White Oak or ?
When I broke my oak tiller I went over to the mill in the local shipyard and asked the old guy that ran it "What do you have in the way of exotic hardwoods for a tiller?" He responded "Black Locust is a pretty exotic hardwood, come back tomorrow". I came back the next day and he had a slab of Black Locust 18"x4"x12', we took my old tiller and cut out a piece with a grain that lined up and planed it down to 2" thick 7' long ($40). When I finished it off after sailing with it awhile it is now 6' long, rounded at the helm end, chamfered, w/ auto pilot stub, tiller brake and varnished. I have some pretty exotic woods on my boat, but this is one of the prettiest....It doesn't flex the way the oak did and I am alot more confident in it.
Last edited by wolfenzee; 12-08-2012 at 05:40 PM.