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Tiller extension or no tiller extension
My interest in sailing is in day sailing and cruising. While I completely understand why people get into racing, it's just not my thing. With this in mind, I was totally against tiller extensions. I guess in my mind I always associated tiller extensions with very wet boats which required a lot of hiking. I also had this picture in my head of tiller extensions being this awkward floppy extra piece. When I first started learning to sail, I had a blast with a Laser, but I just never did get used to the tiller extension.
All this being said, I installed an extension on my American 14.6 today. While I don't have to hike this boat, I thought it would be useful to be able to sit more forward to better trim the boat (I'm 200-220 depending on the time of year). I also feel under heavier wind, if I go a bit forward, I get my weight at the widest part of the boat. This would have been handy a week ago in 22+ knot winds. Lastly, I figured an extension would help when I am ready to singlehand the boat.
I'm curious to know what other's think about tiller extensions on non-racing boats used for dinghy day sailing.
Go sailing now my brother,
It's later than you think.
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