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07-07-2015 07:51 PM
Doncs22
Re: Place to buy solid wood tillers

Lots of good info here. I just broke my laminated tiller right off at the straps. It rotted because the newbie that installed it failed to bed the screws and didn't cover it like he should have. Another laminate would be nice but I don't want to miss a day on the water,the season is short here so I'm going for the wheel barrow handle while I order the other... Har! Thanks all and fair winds.
Don
09-22-2014 10:59 AM
ultraclyde
Re: Place to buy solid wood tillers

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Originally Posted by TQA View Post
ZOMBIE THREAD ALERT

It is worth while looking at axe handles as they make good tillers.

36 inch hickory axe handle is $10.79 from Sears.
That's what I'm using on my Vagabond (Holder) 14. Hickory axe handle from Lowe's. Works great although I think I will thin out the tip a little this winter for better ergonomics. Could be a little longer and a little less stout for my little boat, but it works and cost next to nuthin'.

There's pictures of it near the end of the cheap projects thread.
09-22-2014 03:15 AM
L124C
Re: Place to buy solid wood tillers

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Originally Posted by TQA View Post
ZOMBIE THREAD ALERT

It is worth while looking at axe handles as they make good tillers.

36 inch hickory axe handle is $10.79 from Sears.
Shovel handles work as well. I varnished one and people use it all day without realizing they are steering the boat with a shovel handle.
I also have a longer one reinforced with fiberglass. I padded the end with one of those foam "pool noodles". I use it when I single hand and steer a lot with my thighs while tending the sails.

A axe handle might look even better, though...nothing looks as good as a laminated tiller.
09-21-2014 02:13 PM
UnionPacific
Re: Place to buy solid wood tillers

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Originally Posted by miggidy View Post
The tiller on my Columbia 22' busted the other day after 30+ years good service.

I've been looking around to find replacement tillers, but they all seem to be mahogany/ash laminates.

Is there any particular reason for this, and does anyone know where to buy solid wood tillers?
try sailors exchange in st augustine FL. They have a TON.
09-21-2014 11:43 AM
Capt Len
Re: Place to buy solid wood tillers

When I hear about all the trees down in storms and orchard bulldozed by drought down there in 'merica' ,I think of the wonderful supply of hard woods ,free for the picking. A yew branch has within its bark a hidden tiller (from experience) Lots of other parts are also hidden in similar locations (from experience)
09-21-2014 11:10 AM
TQA
Re: Place to buy solid wood tillers

ZOMBIE THREAD ALERT

It is worth while looking at axe handles as they make good tillers.

36 inch hickory axe handle is $10.79 from Sears.
09-21-2014 10:43 AM
asdf38
Re: Place to buy solid wood tillers

I'm a bit torn here. My current tiller is probably original and solid. But after probably many sandings/refinishes, including by me last year I think it's thinned out a bit. Now it bangs around a bit in the slot on the transom hung rudder. Overall it just doesn't instill a feeling of strength that I'd like for such an important item.

On the one hand, I'd love to make the tiller, but that would realistically mean solid.

On the other hand I see that Ruddercraft.com sells a laminated Contessa 26 tiller for $169. That's honestly not bad. And buying it would cross one item off my to-do list.
Contessa 26 Laminated Mahogany and Ash Tiller, Rudder Craft Inc.
11-04-2010 12:30 AM
L124C
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Originally Posted by Tazsprout View Post
Interesting thread..
I just bought a Holder 17 and the tiller just seems.. I don't know, unconvincing. Its a small boat and of course, has a not very long tiller.

I suspect I will spring for a laminated tiller at some point. However, I had a long hard look at some axe handles, so I was interested in the wheelbarrow/baseball bat idea. Has anyone actually tried these "alternate" approaches?
"A not very long tiller"?...Oh yeah, we used to call that - short! The Wheelbarrow handle would be more than strong enough, but may be tough to find new. For 17 feet, I would think you could find shovel or post hole digger handles that would work for about ten bucks. You'd probably want to cut a few feet off, then simply mill the end to fit in your hardware.
11-03-2010 03:14 PM
Tazsprout Interesting thread..
I just bought a Holder 17 and the tiller just seems.. I don't know, unconvincing. Its a small boat and of course, has a not very long tiller.

I suspect I will spring for a laminated tiller at some point. However, I had a long hard look at some axe handles, so I was interested in the wheelbarrow/baseball bat idea. Has anyone actually tried these "alternate" approaches?
09-02-2010 08:53 PM
deniseO30 I don't know if it was mentioned.. but KEEP A SPARE TILLER ON BOARD!!!
yes I yelled
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