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Re: why so long?

Originally Posted by sidney777 View Post
Long Tiller Use....OR Tiller Extension... I used my tiller by steering and reaching from Inside my cabin . I was 10+ miles from marina in terrible lightning storm on Lake Michigan (no inlets, no bays). I was glad to do so. I've read that it is best to go down below in severe lightning.
Or use long tiller in a big downpour. But a tillerpilot & remote could do the job. As you know, some people like Tillers because you can lift up & have the whole cockpit for use at anchor.

ALSO, use long tiller in cold weather sitting forward behind Cabin to block wind, as is done while motoring 100s or 1000s of miles in the ICW, intra-coastal waterway. & to reach into cabin for food, drink, radio, etc.
i can definately see those benefits with a long tiller but the tiller is just too long. it makes movement around the cockpit very difficult. it's not going to be overly short by reducing the length by a foot but it will greatly increase the ease of movement around the cockpit.

as it is, right now, if you aren't careful when climbing out of the companionway, you run right into it before you are even completely clear of the cabin. i can only imagine how much of a PIA it would be when you change tacks and both of you have to clear it to switch sides. not terrible for the helmsman because he could just step over it. not so the crew.

definately going to stay with a tiller, though. at least for now.
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