Handmade tiller help

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Handmade tiller help

Post by seatime » Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:04 pm

Yo Cap'ns...

I made the tiller out of ash and had it turned. The question is about the tiller head (the part that goes on the rudder). Mine is 2x2. with the tiller tapered to 1" as per plans.

I need to cut out a 3/4 to 7/8ths opening for the tiller head to slide onto the head of the rudder so I can bolt it on. Do you guys cut a u shaped opening starting at the back of the tiller head or should I drill out an opening thus leaving some wood on the very back of the tiller head...This would allow the tiller to fit down over the rudder head but still have some wood left on the back so as to capture (enclose) the rudder head with the tiller head...it would just fit down over the top of the rudder and bolt on.

I think it would look best without cutting a groove all the way out the back of the tiller head. But...what do you think? the plans do not specify.


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Re: Handmade tiller help

Post by jacquesmm » Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:20 pm

Which boat?
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Re: Handmade tiller help

Post by seatime » Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:35 am

Hi Jaques...its the Prameke
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Re: Handmade tiller help

Post by pee wee » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:48 am

In what way does the tiller bolt on? If the bolt passes through tiller and rudder shaft, then I'd leave wood all around.
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Re: Handmade tiller help

Post by jacquesmm » Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:44 pm

From the designer:
On that boat, the rudder blade goes through the tiller and there is one bolt as a pivot.
The bolt can be a pin.
Drawing B131_5 shows a plan and profile of the tiller with all dimensions.
It shows the opening and the slot does not go all the way to the back.
Cut it as shown or it will break.
Give the cut some space forward so that the blade can go up if you run aground.
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Re: Handmade tiller help

Post by seatime » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:23 pm

Got it...and I am glad I asked the question...thanks
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