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New Tiller

Does anyone have any recommendations on where I can get a new tiller for my Helms 25? From what I can see, I am going to have to get it custom made. I couldn't find anything stock with the right dimensions. Of the couple of places that I tried so far, one didn't respond to the question and the other said that their custom tiller maker just packed up and left.

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Re: New Tiller

It's actually a relatively easy thing to make yourself, with plenty of options.

Solid wood, if your tiller is not 'curved' simply get a nice piece of hardwood and trim it to shape, may need to glue two or three planks together for thickness..

Consider making a 'straight' tiller out of Aluminum channel, and fashion a more user friendly place to hold on to it, or bolt 'u' handles on either side (extends your reach slightly) - and no more varnishing!

Laminate your own to the curve you need, jigs are quite easy to make with some angle iron and a heavy piece of plywood, then choose a couple of different coloured woods, cut them into appropriate thicknesses and glue/clamp into the jig. Shape, sand and finish to suit.

All that said I expect you'll find standard tillers at various marine suppliers if you look around.

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Re: New Tiller

Thanks for the suggestions. I am trying to stick with wood. As I mentioned, I wasn't able to find any stock tillers with comparable dimensions. (2 1/8 * 2 1/8 * 54" with a 2" rise)

I could try the jig and gluing approach to make my own laminate but, although I have put a lot of my own work into the boat, I would rather buy the tiller if possible and have it in hand when the weather changes.

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Re: New Tiller

Actually, I think I am going to go with one of the ones at the link that you pointed out and just plane the butt down so it fits. It is pretty close. Thanks!
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Actually, I think I am going to go with one of the ones at the link that you pointed out and just plane the butt down so it fits. It is pretty close. Thanks!
Sounds like a plan! Good luck. They seem reasonably priced to me...
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Re: New Tiller

I think West Marine has one that will work in their catalog. I wouldn't mind one with a little more upward offset. Remember they price match and will ship free to a store near you.
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