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Emergency tiller steering on PSC 31 ?

Our 1988 31 has wheel steering. There is a two piece stainless pipe "tiller" that seems like it should go into the access area under a bronze screw-off access port aft of the wheel steeing, on the cockpit sole.

The stainless pipe is notched and there appears to be a pin about seven inches below the cockpit access port on what appears to be top of rudder post.

Seems like the emergency tiller pipes only go about four inches into the "rudder post' before stopping, thus not permitting the notched pipe to reach the pin below.

Not sure how this arrangement should work. Any clues? Was this a standard design for the 31"s or perhaps something custom from previous owner of this 31. Any other 31 owners have a similar arrangement?

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It's been a few years since I tested ours. But it is a one piece unit made from aluminum. The tiller arm is welded to the stock. The stock drops down through the access port and seats into the top of the rudder post. It has the same sort of notches that you describe, and they seat onto the pin/bolt that passes through the head of the rudder post. Again, it's been a while since I took a look, but I don't remember that pin/bolt being quite so far down in the rudder post. Seems to me it was only a few inches down, say 3-4" or so.

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I just used mine this fall. I needed to remove my wheel to troubleshoot my autopilot while under way, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to try out the emergency tiller. The notched end of the pipe went down into the hole in the cockpit floor with the longer segment pointing aft and the shorter segment forward--opposite from a normal tiller. If I had turned it so the long arm was forward it would have hit the steering pedestal. With the long end pointing backward it steered opposite from an ordinary tiller which took a little getting used to, and it required a fair bit of force and was clumsy to steer but it worked. I had no trouble getting the notch to articulate with whatever it connects with down below (I can't remember looking in there, just inserted it and it worked). I would imagine you just need to get it lined up right and it should slide down in place. Definitely a good idea to practice with it!

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Ialso have an 88 PSC 31. I also had the same tiller problem. I gave a shop the old tiller and the dimensions of the hole and now it works perfectly. No one was ever able to explain why the tiller and hole did not match.

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Thank you so much for this information. I thought maybe I was just going about it wrong. Our hulls are only two numbers apart so this may be unique to that build run.

I'll get our emergency tiller adjusted as you did.


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