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08-27-2014 12:17 PM
SVAuspicious
Re: Something to hold tiller in place

I put a Davis Tiller Tamer on a Catalina Capri 22. It worked great and was fast. An athwartships line and a reasonable hitch or knot worked as well and only took a few seconds longer.

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Originally Posted by chrissailorman View Post
Simply a line, 3/8, tied from stern cleat to tiller with three turns around tiller from beneath, the tied other end off on the other stern cleat.
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Originally Posted by asdf38 View Post
I just use a line tied off to each side with adjustable slip knots.
I use a clove hitch around the tiller and let the bitter ends hang. When I need to tie off I cleat the windward side first, then the leeward side. Works a treat.
08-27-2014 11:03 AM
jwing
Re: Something to hold tiller in place

I prefer the TillerClutch because of the very fast, simply-made adjustments that can be done with one hand. I tried the home-made rigs. They worked fine in light air when I had the leisure to futz with it until it was just right and I wanted the boat to sail while I ate a sandwich and a beer while sitting close to the tiller. But they failed me when things were more critical and I needed to make small adjustments in a dynamic situation (choppy, gusty, sail set adjusments, etc.).

"Also worked for holding course while using the outboard allowing you to put things in order on returning to marina." This works for me using the rudder tiller and locking the outboard steering to straight-ahead, but it reduces the effectiveness of the rudder. I've read some descriptions of connecting the motor to the rudder/tiller so that the two will move in tandem. I might try doing that to my boat someday when I have more time to rig it up. In other words: highly unlikely.
08-27-2014 10:28 AM
TQA
Re: Something to hold tiller in place

I used this as a way of holding the tiller at any angle.

Vertical pin in the tiller mid way. I used a piece of 5/32 brazing rod.

String chain string. The chain needs to be sized to allow the pin to go through any link.

Tie the string chain string in such a way as it lies across the tiller about 1/2 way up the tiller.

When require drop chain onto pin.

Strong bungee can be used instead of string, this allows the boat to round up some if getting over pressed.

Both worked for me on a Catalina 22

Cheap as chips.
08-26-2014 10:41 PM
asdf38
Re: Something to hold tiller in place

I just use a line tied off to each side with adjustable slip knots.

Specifically I have an alpine butterfly to loop around the tiller (this is a type of loop in the middle of a line) and an adjustable grip hitch tied through U bolts on each side which I can slide up and down to adjust tension.

Using this line is typically my preferred upwind sailing strategy and when properly adjusted it sails the boat better than I can can.

I'd suggest rigging up some kind of line and seeing how you like it. You may find a new piece of equipment unnecessary.
08-25-2014 07:16 PM
chrissailorman
Re: Something to hold tiller in place

Just tried the "Cajun tiller tamer" today. Light to moderate winds just around 10 kts. Also worked for holding course while using the outboard allowing you to put things in order on returning to marina. Simply a line, 3/8, tied from stern cleat to tiller with three turns around tiller from beneath, the tied other end off on the other stern cleat. You tube has a video that shows it very well. I'm impressed. Ultimate in simplicity and when you want to let it off, simply slide the coil to the rear of the tiller. Worth a try. Can't beat the cost!
03-07-2014 08:21 PM
Samuelmonosov
Re: Something to hold tiller in place

An icicle hitch tied to the tiller, then looped around a deck cleat makes it easy to control the rudder from anywhere on the boat. I've actually gone below and made a sandwich all the while staying in course by just pulling and giving in the line.


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02-24-2014 11:44 AM
FinallySailing
Re: Something to hold tiller in place

I've unfortunately not seen it available here in the UK (or should I say luckily, otherwise I would have another job to do on my wish list): I quite like the idea of the Forespar extendable tiller extension that can be locked in the cockpit coaming with its proprietary tiller lock.



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02-15-2014 10:52 PM
MarcHall
Re: Something to hold tiller in place

I vote for the wavefront tiller clutch as well.

Marc Hall
Crazy Fish - Maintaining, Upgrading and Sailing a Crealock 37
02-15-2014 10:21 AM
Sal Paradise
Re: Something to hold tiller in place

A bungee chord wrapped around the tiller and hooked port and stb will work.
02-15-2014 06:16 AM
olianta
Re: Something to hold tiller in place

One more vote for the wavefront tiller clutch. When using the tiller extension you can clutch and clutch with your toes as well.

Rumen
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