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Where to get a new tiller in Seattle?

My wooden tiller needs to be replaced. It is cracking and the lamina are separating back where the tiller is bolted on to the rudder bracket/shims. When any downward pressure is applied it looks and sounds like it is ready to snap... Luckily I don't have to put any downward pressure on it, and my boat balances so nicely that I only have to use gentle lateral force... BUT STILL... Why not replace it before I break it out in the shipping lanes?

Neither West Marine nor Fisheries Supply have replacement tillers (Fisheries did apparently but it is discontinued). I could measure it and get a piece of lumber, drill bolt holes in it to match the bracket/shims etc... But what type of wood? How to treat it (varnish etc)? Also, I don't have any woodworking tools to shape it into a tiller rather than a block of wood...

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Re: Where to get a new tiller in Seattle?

Try Rudder Craft Inc. for custom built stock tillers.
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Re: Where to get a new tiller in Seattle?

What boat do you need it for? I have one it is listed on Grand Rapids Michigan craigslist. I could ship it if it's what you need.
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Re: Where to get a new tiller in Seattle?

Kent Ranger 24.... I'll measure the dimensions in the next couple days.
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Re: Where to get a new tiller in Seattle?

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Kent Ranger 24.... I'll measure the dimensions in the next couple days.
Doc Freeman's used to have all kinds of teak stuff. maybe a tiller? Try them.

Also there is a used boat parts place in Fremont, can't recall the name..maybe google it and ask about a spare tiller.

Think you are going to have to fabricate one yourself. make some friends at one of the local watering holes/yacht clubs/marinas/boatyards.

Somebody will give you a hand.
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Re: Where to get a new tiller in Seattle?

For a quick and dirty tiller, try something like this:
Shop Ames True Temper 60-in L Wood Wheelbarrow Handle at Lowes.com

Cut it to length, sand it smooth, and add a few coats of spar varnish from Home Depot or Lowes. Can you do better? Yes. Quickly? Doesn't sound like it so far.

That being said, these folks will ship one to you:
Marine Tillers on Sale

As will the Sailnet store:

http://shop.sailnet.com/steering-til...1654_1174.html

And you could try calling Minney's Yacht Surplus in Costa Mesa, CA. They might ship one to you, too. I'm sure they have one in stock.
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Re: Where to get a new tiller in Seattle?

I have a buddy who could build you a beautiful tiller in a heartbeat. PM me if you are interested.
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Re: Where to get a new tiller in Seattle?

The West Marine in Olympia does actually have a few in stock you could see if its the size you need and make them ship it up to the seattle store for you for free?
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Re: Where to get a new tiller in Seattle?

And if you don't find a ready made one... Seattle is surrounded by forest (a place where trees grow) you can go out and find a hard wood branch that is a little bigger than your old tiller and carve yourself a new one....
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