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Purchased a Chrysler 22. Its a fixer. Looking if someone has some parts for sale. Looking for a Tiller and sails
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Re: Tiller Needed

The Chrysler 22 had a simple wooden tiller that had a slight curve to it and was most of the length of the cockpit. It would be very easy to make a new tiller or else to buy a tiller of a similar design from a marine store or an online catalog. It would be pretty unlikely to find used gear for this boat, but you might be able to buy used sails at some place like Bacons (in Annapolis https://baconsails.com/) or Minneys Yacht surplus (Costa Mesa Ca, Minney's Yacht Surplus - Home)

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Re: Tiller Needed

Don't feel obligated replace the tiller with an exact duplicate. My Oday 23 came with a tiller that was a straight stick; no curve. It wasn't the original tiller, but the original had only a slight curve. I found that the straight stick was always in the way, hitting knees and goosing everyone in sight. I finally had enough and replaced it with a model (H&L Woodworking, model 112F) that had a big curve to it. I can't tell you how much of a difference it makes. Now, I can steer without hitting my or my neighbor's knees. And I don't have to reach as far for the tiller; the curve puts the handle at a more comfortable height for me. The only dimension you really have to worry about is length; the tiller has to be long enough to give you the leverage you need to control the rudder, and not so long that it is going to hit anything else in the cockpit. Don't worry about the shape or size of the butt end; you can easily shape that to fit in your rudder stock.

If you do decide to buy a new tiller, shop around. I found a very wide disparity in price among the usual suspects. Defender had the exact same tiller as West Marine (both carried the H&L line of replacement tillers), but for about 30% less.
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Re: Tiller Needed

Arrrrrr.....what has happened to DIY? Go on down to the big box hardware store (HD or Lows) buy a stick of wood (2x4) cut, sand, drill install. Wham Bam done.

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Here is a small shop who makes tillers to order. His prices are very reasonable.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/cp-marine-woodwork-gardena
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Arrrrrr.....what has happened to DIY? Go on down to the big box hardware store (HD or Lows) buy a stick of wood (2x4) cut, sand, drill install. Wham Bam done.
Then you could replace the spruce 2X4 every year and could afford the half dozen spares required to keep in the boat as they break. You'll get real good at replacing them too.

We tried the 2X4 and even the Hickory or Oak Wheel Barrel Handles and they did not last as long as a marine grade laminated tiller handle.

If you do make one use Walnut, Oak or Mahogany.

I made mine out of Oak sandwiched between Walnut using a marine grade adhesive. The rudder lift and lock lines go through the center of the rudder shaft inside the transom so I was dealing with Unobtanium and had to fabricate the hard parts too.
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Purchased a Chrysler 22. Its a fixer. Looking if someone has some parts for sale. Looking for a Tiller and sails
Bacons in Annapolis has used tillers. if you haven't been there, worth the trip.
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