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tying off the tiller at the slip

Maybe this is a dumb question but I haven't seen it answered anywhere. Is there a reason the tiller should be tied off amidships when at a slip?

That's the way I've always done it and what i've always seen but in our cockpit that tends to put the tiller in the way and I think it would be better to tie it up to one side (the same side we pull the maine sheet traveler to) to make a bit more space for cocktail hour at the dock.

Any reason not to do that?

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Re: tying off the tiller at the slip

Not really - I have also lashed a tiller to the backstay to make more room in the cockpit.
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Re: tying off the tiller at the slip

Mine lives tucked behind the backstay, so full over.
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Re: tying off the tiller at the slip

put it in any position you like and tie it. I always lock my wheel when in the slip or even at anchor so the wave action doesnt move the rudder back and forth. Also at anchor to keep the boat from sailimg around I lock it straight back.

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Re: tying off the tiller at the slip

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Maybe this is a dumb question but I haven't seen it answered anywhere. Is there a reason the tiller should be tied off amidships when at a slip?

That's the way I've always done it and what i've always seen but in our cockpit that tends to put the tiller in the way and I think it would be better to tie it up to one side (the same side we pull the maine sheet traveler to) to make a bit more space for cocktail hour at the dock.

Any reason not to do that?

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I have a 2-3 kt tidal current in my marina, which ebbs and floods roughly parallel to the boat. If the rudder is allowed to flop around, it stresses the lines, fenders, steering cables, and the rudder itself. So I always lock the wheel in a straight position.

Sometimes, if I have guests coming, I'll lock the wheel in a position to nudge the stern toward the finger pier, but this is only temporary, since any position that moves the stern toward the finger pier will move it away from that pier 6 hours later.

If you need space while you're in the cockpit, you might want to install a pivot on your tiller to allow you to raise it vertically. That would give you the most room.
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Re: tying off the tiller at the slip

I always tie it off so it doesn't flop around. Center it and tie it to the backstay. Out of the way in the cockpit.
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Re: tying off the tiller at the slip

If I am leaving her, I center the tiller, otherwise I tie it to the backstay.centering it seems to reduce the rattle at anchor better than toeing to the bakstay,though.
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Re: tying off the tiller at the slip

Behind Split backstay so it goes full over at dock, most room in cockpit...
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Re: tying off the tiller at the slip

Years ago, my Soverel had the dumbest rudder post set up I've ever seen. The post, rather than enter the boat through a well, had a packing gland, like the shaft. It was held up by a compression pin at the top where the tiller connected. I tied off my tiller, left the boat on the hook, and went home to visit my folks for X-mas. The wave action caused the pin the shear, the rudder fell out, and the boat sank! This was a month after it had sunk and been raised due to a mysterious toilet syphon that had occured while I was home for thanks givivng!!! I now have NO thru hulls below the water line on my boat, an out board rudder and no inboard engine, so no shaft. It's a good feeling and I acuatlly have a layer of dust in my bildge! I tie my tiller off to the side to make room in the cockpit with out any reservations now.
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