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12-15-2008 04:17 PM
greyrider Well, I've sailed off and on for about 30 years with nothing but tillers. My "car", which is actually a motorcycle has a modified tiller to steer it. About six months ago I bought a Ranger 33 with a wheel. I must say I was torn and not without trepidation, but after sailing a few weeks with the thing, found I really enjoyed it. I really can't say I prefer one over the other, But I can say I'm not missing the tiller.
12-10-2008 08:20 AM
WouldaShoulda My ol' lady can't keep her hands off'n me tiller!!

12-09-2008 06:33 PM

How can you beat a chick with a stick?

Um, I mean who can knock a chick with a stick?

Oh hell, I'm for tillers. Especially those ones.
12-09-2008 05:36 PM
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
Nice one Knothead... you're cheating though...
Your assertion cuts to the quick sir. I believe I'm offended.

Actually I think it's called spinning....or product placement....or something.
12-09-2008 05:21 PM
sailingdog Nice one Knothead... you're cheating though...
12-09-2008 05:13 PM
knothead Tillers are are much more attractive. Really.

Tell me. What's prettier?


Or this?

There. I rest my case.
12-09-2008 05:02 PM
Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
Now don't start gettin' all zeitgeisty on me woulda. I'm just saying the tiller has a certain Bauhausian aspect to it that leaves a lot to be desired. Dig?
I'm down with that.

Besides, the wheel has that whole Buddhist vibe thing working it.

Again, that may be alright for 30ft+ but...
12-09-2008 04:55 PM
smackdaddy Now don't start gettin' all zeitgeisty on me woulda. I'm just saying the tiller has a certain Bauhausian aspect to it that leaves a lot to be desired. Dig?
12-09-2008 04:52 PM
Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
Wow, gestalt! Now that's a sweet word. You've gotta be an architect. I like your thinking - but I just feel that the wheel captures the very De Stijl of helmsmanship.
I'm not sure if De Stijl isn't just a more Nordic form of Feng Shui and simply doesn't lend itself as well as an adjective the way gestalt captures the essence of the entirey of the experience.

But I'll ruminate on it a while and get back to you!!
12-09-2008 04:38 PM
davidpm On a 22' O'day with a tiller I rigged up a home made self steering setup as follows:

Tied off light line to tiller
Route to block on windward side of cockpit.
Tie off to middle of one part of main sheet.

Connect bungee from tiller to Leeward side of cockpit.

We sailed on a beam reach for about 6 hours, never had to touch the helm.
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