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09-03-2009 02:56 PM
dieselboy
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Originally Posted by okcpicker View Post
After 15 years of steering with a tiller, I installed a tiller extension and it made a huge difference. I can now sit and steer in a variety of positions and the comfort level has shot way up.
I have thought about this...
09-03-2009 10:13 AM
okcpicker
Tiller Extension

After 15 years of steering with a tiller, I installed a tiller extension and it made a huge difference. I can now sit and steer in a variety of positions and the comfort level has shot way up.
08-30-2009 03:31 PM
JomsViking Dieselboy,
Laughing and sailing are great companions! You will learn, and the best platform for learning - besides a sailing dinghy - is a keelboat up to about 30' with a TILLER. So You're definitely on the right path
Have you considered a sailing school? (Being a sailing instructor myself, I'm a bit biased there - but you still learn a lot, so consider it)
But the important thing is still to Enjoy and laugh!

Sorry for the hijack..
08-30-2009 03:20 PM
captbillc i like the tiller on my nimble 30 express. i prefer the feel of the tiller when sailing. the tiller works great when coming in to the dock. you can swing the rudder much faster with the tiller.
08-30-2009 03:04 PM
mitiempo When a boat is sailing well it should be comfortable to steer. In the groove so to speak, and you should not need much pressure on the tiller. Once you're heading where you want to go in medium air adjust the sails until steering is less work.
Brian
08-30-2009 02:46 PM
dieselboy
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Originally Posted by JomsViking View Post
I will - Next time
Thanks for taking it with a smile, I tend to be rather direct. I do not work in the diplomacy, but I respect everybody!
As clueless as i am about sail boats and the proper way to sail .. I can not be a good judge of " how a boat should feel" ... So, how could i say any one is wrong or right?? I laugh about most stuff...
08-30-2009 02:38 PM
JomsViking I will - Next time
Thanks for taking it with a smile, I tend to be rather direct. I do not work in the diplomacy, but I respect everybody!

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Don't mince words.. tell me how you really feel..
08-30-2009 01:38 PM
mitiempo In my opinion, assuming your boat is well designed to start with, if the tiller has to be over a fair ways or is heavy, the boat is trying to tell you something. If you're beating and she wants to round up so much that the tiller has to be way over you should ease sheets and/or bear off a bit. Not only will the helmsman be happier, but you'll heel less and sail faster. Reefing has the same effect - you can go faster with less sail and heel less at the same time. You want to convert the breeze into forward motion, not heeling motion.
Brian
08-30-2009 11:24 AM
dieselboy
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Originally Posted by JomsViking View Post
I do not understand, nor accept, the "the tiller wears me out" - Unless you have some physical thing that changes that. The physics are the same for the boat whether or not it has a tiller. If it gets hard to handle, you need to trim your sails (including reefing). If it cannot sail without a lot of rudder it is a dog, and should be sold (IMHO). Sometimes with a wheel this is hidden from you, however the rudder is still waaaaay to far over.
With regards to going in circles, the same applies - Although I have to admit to using a piece of bungee now and then to apply a little rudder.
I sail different boats regularly, and some has a wheel, others a tiller, I like sailing all of those, but prefer a tiller in smaller boats (40' ish). If the design of the boat required a wheel for leverage, I would never consider owning it, but if it had it for other reasons, as discussed here, I would.
The above is my opinion, feel free to disagree
Don't mince words.. tell me how you really feel..
08-30-2009 10:22 AM
lporcano seeya
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