Join Date: May 2002
Thanked 52 Times in 49 Posts
Rep Power: 18
Re: Heave To
The Tiller Tamer was the best $35 gadget I ever bought. With the sails balanced, I could go quite some time without having to tend to the helm. A great boon while I was single handing; I could set the helm and go forward to raise or lower the main, go below to hit the head or get a drink or something to eat. Or just hang out.
And even though I've only recently swapped my tiller-steered Oday 23 for a wheel-steered Catalina 28, I do miss some things about the tiller. As someone here mentioned, there's that immediate feedback from the rudder. No wheel gives you that. I also miss being able to raise the tiller completely out of the way while just hanging out in the cockpit. There's a lot of room to be had that you will never get with a steering pedestal and wheel in the way.
On the other hand, I no longer impale or goose my passengers while steering....