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Old 02-11-2012
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Like our Tiller Lock

Very quick and easy to use. Lever forward, the rudder position is locked. Lever aft, line friction relieves some tiller pressure. Lift line out, totally clear.
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I've seen those too, and between this and the plastic "tamers"...I'm leaning towards this...

But I've seen a couple cool "rope tricks" here now too so appreciate all the options and participation...
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Re: Tiller Lock

Here is something new that uses no ropes.

Tiller Brake
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Re: Tiller Lock

Originally Posted by FoolishMuse View Post
The tiller tamer is a pain because you need to unscrew it to release. And you will have to release any time the boat gets off course.

For years I've used a rope, about 6' long, with 1' of bungee cord on either end. I clip the bungee cords to the toe rail. And then 1 or 2 wraps of the rope around the tiller tip (depending on wind strength).

The beauty of this is that it is easy to push the tiller manually if you want to. It just stretches the bungee cords. It is also instant to remove the rope if needed.

See the first section of the video at FoolishMuseSelfSteering.wmv - YouTube
This is the method I use as well (I took it from Andrew's book). I find that I can adjust the rudder either by simply moving the tiller manually or just by twisting the loops around the tiller, which gives fine adjustment in either direction.

Works like a charm and I only had to pay for the clips I use to attach the ends to cleats.
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