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  1. Emergency tiller

    Pacific Seacraft
    I'm glad that you posted the first photo. I am in the process of dropping my rudder, and as part of that, I thought I'd enlarge the access ports. As they are, they are virtually useless. Measuring to see how big I could go with the new access ports, I noticed that the rudder post is not...
  2. Repair dry rot laminated wood tiller

    Gear & Maintenance
    I am restoring my tiller, made (I believe. edit: I have no idea what it's made of, and teak/oak is probably on the optimistic side!) of teak and oak laminates, and I had to remove a fair bit of rotted material near the forward end if it. How can I fill this portion and reinforce it with epoxy...
  3. Tiller to rudder connection

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hello everyone, I just bought my first sailboat and I need to install a wood tiller to the rudder. The boat is a Catalina 22 Sport. I purchased a wooden tiller that is 1 1/2" thick but when I attach the metal side plates to the tiller, then the rudder is "floating" inside. The rudder is 1...
  4. Tohatsu 4,5,6 HP Tiller Lock Fix

    Gear & Maintenance
    I have made a minor modification to fix the silly tiller lock issue that seems to plague most of the small Tohatsu 4 strokes. (Also Murcury and Nissan) I created a blog post about it: Tohatsu 6 Tiller Lock Fix If you run one of these fine outboards on your sailboat or dinghy, have a look. Eric
  5. Is this the rudder head?

    Gear & Maintenance
    I have a C&C 35 Mk II, which had an Edson steering pedestal and wheel and which I removed, as I prefer a tiller. It has an emergency tiller which fits over a "rudder head" at the back of the cockpit (see picture here: But...
  6. Lashing/holding tiller wheel in place

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Hi all, I have an old 31 eastward ho with a small single wheel in the center of the cockpit and no auto pilot. I have tried a lot of different techniques for holding the wheel in place when I at down in the cabin, on the bow etc., mostly involving running lines or shock cords off cleats (there...
  7. Looking for O'Day Daysailor Rudder

    Gear & Maintenance
    I have a 1974 O'Day Daysailor which is in pretty good shape. Unfortunately, it was flipped on the mooring in a squall yesterday and the rudder was lost. I have looked on DR Marine and for both the rudder head and the blade it will cost about $600... Ouch! Does anyone know where I might find a...
  8. A few questions and intro

    Hello from Nevada, My husband and I have recently bought a 1984 Helms 27 from a family friend back east who had the boat built for them (original owner) and we brought it to Lake Mead, Nevada. It's been 15 years since I sailed much and my husband is new to the sport but we are full speed ahead...
  9. Replacing Rudder

    Gear & Maintenance
    When I aquired my Starwind 22, the boat had no rudder and the bottom gudgeon fitting was sheared off - only the two opposing ends of the strap still screwed to the transom. How do I determine the correct length and width of this transom mounted tiller rudder? The specs and drawings available...
  10. C27 wheel to tiller conversion

    Boat Buyers & Sellers Forum
    I am looking at buying my friends 1987 Catalina 27. The boat is in great shape but it has a wheel which came from the factory, and I would much rather have a tiller. There is an emergency tiller which can be put in in case the wheel breaks so I was wondering if anyone has ever gone through the...