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08-21-2009 11:56 PM
tenuki +1 tiller.

Oh, and the phrase in your poem should have been...

"If you can't sail this boat without a tiller,
you aint got a hair on yer a__!"
06-15-2009 10:17 AM
Jeff_H With all due respect Omatako, there is no inherrent difference between the design of a rudder for wheel steering and a rudder for tiller steering. That said, there are differences in cockpit layouts. Typically the binacle location restricts the length of tiller that can be used and so typically emergency tillers end up being way shorter than the length of a tiller that would be ideal for the size of the boat and loads on the helm.

Very often it becomes necessary to rig what historically was called a 'Manila Mike', which is a length of line tied to the tiller and run through a block and tackle or else around a winch to give the helmsperson some purchase and relief.

Jeff
06-11-2009 11:25 PM
saildork They don't let me drive anymore, except to back the boat down a ramp while only using the rear-view mirror.
06-11-2009 10:44 PM
Omatako
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Originally Posted by saildork View Post
I sailed a boat with a wheel once. Kept turning in the wrong direction, and never knew how far over the helm actually was. Very confusing things, wheels.
You should probably have a yellow flashing light on the roof of your car then.

And a properly set-up wheel should have a marker indicating straight-ahead. We have a cord tied there so that it can be felt in the dark.
06-11-2009 10:42 PM
Omatako
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Originally Posted by paulk View Post
We used a tiller once, when the cables on the quadrant got loose and we shipped the emergency unit into place. It needed two hefty guys to hold it in less than 20 knots of breeze and smooth 3' rollers off the quarter. Glad our wheel has worked for the past twelve years except for that three hour episode, but I guess that's why we have one, and I'm glad we did.
A rudder designed for a tiller is substantially different to that designed for a wheel. It will always be hard to steer a wheel-steered boat with a tiller because of that difference.

My boat's emergency tiller is about 7 feet long and still requires considerable effort to manage.
06-11-2009 10:34 PM
paulk
Tried it once...

We used a tiller once, when the cables on the quadrant got loose and we shipped the emergency unit into place. It needed two hefty guys to hold it in less than 20 knots of breeze and smooth 3' rollers off the quarter. Glad our wheel has worked for the past twelve years except for that three hour episode, but I guess that's why we have one, and I'm glad we did.
06-11-2009 03:05 PM
bwalker42
That's the spirit!!

I wonder how many sailors
have never used a tiller??
({whispering} Maybe they should practice )

I was talking to a friend of mine,
he said,
the tiller makes you feel like one with the water!!

Oh how I love the tiller!!

I hope that chain doesn't get fixed anytime soon!!
06-09-2009 10:31 AM
saildork I sailed a boat with a wheel once. Kept turning in the wrong direction, and never knew how far over the helm actually was. Very confusing things, wheels.
06-09-2009 09:20 AM
sailingdog Tillers rock... much simpler than wheels...
06-09-2009 09:07 AM
WouldaShoulda I'm on board!!

Eschew the wheel.

A tiller man I be!!
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