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Am I the only guy who uses a tiller comb?
I took a piece of brass plate and cut a series of notches along the top and attached it to the forward edge of my aft cabin hatch.
I have a bronze pad eye on the bottom of the tiller that notches into the comb where ever I put it.
Old world I know. But it works great.
I learned it from reading about the sailing boats that the lobster men used.
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Boy, do I know how to put the brakes on a thread or what?
Anyway, here's a photo of my tiller comb.

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There really isn't a good place to mount a tiller comb on many boats... and they don't work for boats with wheels. I've used them...I prefer using the tiller pilot with the unit off.

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Ooooo, very nice idea, and picture!

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There really isn't a good place to mount a tiller comb on many boats... and they don't work for boats with wheels. I've used them...I prefer using the tiller pilot with the unit off.
Yeah, you're certainly correct about it not working for too many boats. Like I said earlier it's very "old world".
I just thought that without a picture, not too many people would know what I was talking about.

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The problem is that on many boats, there isn't a good place to mount a tiller comb where it wouldn't be a major PITA a lot of the time. Your boat appears to have an aft cabin, and you've mounted it on the companionway down into the aft cabin... many boats don't have that option, and the cockpit forward of the tiller is empty of anything to use as a base.
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Yeah, you're certainly correct about it not working for too many boats. Like I said earlier it's very "old world".
I just thought that without a picture, not too many people would know what I was talking about.

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Yes, main first, then headsail.

Sailing alone makes me melancholy...it's rare for me. If the weather gets up, things are double-melancholy.

Even a newbie to hold the wheel every now and again makes all the difference.
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Knothead, I like the idea, and thanks for the photo. I'm off to the shop to see what I can fabricate. It's too hot for the lake today.

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I thought about something like that, but my tiller has way too much torque at the transom and after that it's in the open cockpit between the benches. Is the the metal rounded/deburred? That doesn't look like something you want to grab on if you slip stepping into the companion way.

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I thought about something like that, but my tiller has way too much torque at the transom and after that it's in the open cockpit between the benches. Is the the metal rounded/deburred? That doesn't look like something you want to grab on if you slip stepping into the companion way.
The brass was deburred and has been on the boat for over 15 yrs. so it's pretty smooth to the touch. It's easily removable but I've never taken it off. If I want to get it out of the way I just need to slide the hatch back an inch or two. It's on the hatch for the aft cabin and I usually don't go down there much while sailing.

It works great for a Nor'Sea 27', but as SD says it's definitely not for many boats.

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