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Tiller length onC&C redwing 30

I know this sounds crazy, but here goes!
The tiller on my 1968 Redwing 30 seems to be too long. It reaches within about 2 feet of the companion way entrance. When I want to tack I have to clear everyone out of the cockpit and have them sit up on cockpit seats with their legs and feet up, otherwise I either crunch their legs or can't tack. The tiller is 44 inches from back to tip. Is this the normal length. This may be a replacement tiller since it is an older boat. I have the tiller off the boat right now prepping it to varnish and glue some areas that have small separations.

Any information would be greatly appreciated. I don't want to cut the tiller down and then have it be hard to handle,

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Re: Tiller length onC&C redwing 30

Sail the boat under strong wind conditions where it will deliver maximum weather helm. Place your hands on various places along the tiller and see where the sweet spot is between force required to steer and space in the cockpit. Cut down or extend the tiller for that spot.

44" is not long for a tiller. My Sabre 28 has a tiller about that length but it's been shortened as the last 6" or so was broken off by the PO. I bought a 48" tiller off Ebay as it seems to be about what it should be. The shorter tiller works but a little extra leverage would be nice. FWIW, tacking isn't a big deal with the 44" tiller. If there is someone sitting on the opposite side of the cockpit I raise the tiller up to clear there knees. It's only someone sitting directly across from the helmsman that needs some accomodation. A 48' tiller still gives me room to move in front of it while standing on the cockpit sole. Same goes for my Pearson 35 though I'd like a bit longer tiller than its 48". Unfortunately that wouldn't allow me to stand in the cockpit sole and pass the tiller behind me unless I did away with the bridge deck.
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