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I have a small, sea going cockpit and had the same problem. I cut six inches off the front of my nice laminated tiller, then (coincidently) the back of the tiller started cracking! I was going to replace it, but cut six inches (the cracked section) off the back instead. Like "escason" above, I replaced the nuts with SS wing nuts, and fabricated another long tiller out of a fiberglass reinforced shovel handle (drilled two holes!). I keep it stashed below. The shorter tiller is good until it starts blowing 18 to 20. Then, I can either strap the longer handle to the shorter one, or replace it entirely. Obviously, it will also serve as an emergency tiller. The shovel handle isn't the most elegant solution, but when it's blowing 25 knots, I'm not concerned with elegance! However, in moderate conditions, I've got a lot more room in the cockpit. People kid me when the tiller is shorter every time they come aboard. I tell them "next time... you're going to be steering with a 6 inch stump!". I like the longer tiller when I'm single handing, as it allows me to steer with my legs as I work the pit with both hands.
Last edited by L124C; 02-09-2011 at 12:07 AM.