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 Post subject: DIY tiller extension
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 10:28 am 
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My ancient stock tiller extension bent and broke when my boat flipped in a storm gust... which is another story, but now I'm looking to replace with a simple (i.e. cheap) and effective tiller extension. I'm thinking of just ordering some 6061-T6 AL tubing, 0.75" O.D., and .065" wall to keep the weight down. I'd like to even go down to .035" wall, but I'm not sure if that would withstand typical abuse. I could make it any fixed length, but I'm thinking probably 7 feet (84") is the sweet spot. Has anyone else tried this with similar materials, or have any design advice?

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 Post subject: Re: DIY tiller extension
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:40 pm 
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Brad,

I have a telescoping aluminum hiking stick.

Normally, I only extend it to about 62" and lay it across the carpeted side rail on my aft side while sailing (this allows me better control than holding the tiller up higher). If I were to extend it to seven feet, the handle end would stick out so far that it could easily be hit by a wave and get knocked out of my hand.

If you have a fixed length tiller it also will be harder to trailer your boat with the tiller attached since it will stick out the side too much.

Hobie has a 42" - 96" three section aluminum stick for $68 and Murrays also has a 50" - 95" two section aluminum stick for $61.

Both the Hobie and Murrays tillers already come with the yoke connection (which is about $8 if you don't already have one).

I have had both of them and currently am using the one from Murrays.

I believe the Hobie and Murrays aluminum sticks are made from Davis Instruments (Team) telescoping (2 or 3 section) boat hooks which you can get for about $30 in case you want to make your own telescoping hiking stick.

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 Post subject: Re: DIY tiller extension
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:25 am 
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Good points Tim, maybe I'm not saving that much with making my own. Material is about $20 and shipping is about the same. I was going with the 84" length for trapeze use. You're right, I would definitely have to remove it for trailering, which I had planned on.


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 Post subject: Re: DIY tiller extension
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:46 am 
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A non-adjustable stick that long is really going to be a hassle when going as far forward on the tramp as needed to sail well in some conditions. You'll have a lot of interference from the shrouds and trap lines. My personal preference is against the adjustable ones...I use the solid fiberglass one, but it isn't nearly as long as you're suggesting.

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 Post subject: Re: DIY tiller extension
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:49 am 
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rattle 'n hum wrote:
I use the solid fiberglass one, but it isn't nearly as long as you're suggesting.
I thought the stock Hobie fiberglass one is 84"?


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 Post subject: Re: DIY tiller extension
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 5:16 pm 
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bmdumr wrote:
I was going with the 84" length for trapeze use.


Rethink that. 84" is minimally OK for the trap if you're not too tall, or you don't trap very low, or you don't want to go forward. Otherwise you will want to go into the 90s and a solid stick becomes a PITA.

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 Post subject: Re: DIY tiller extension
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:16 pm 
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At 6'5" tall the stock stick at 84" (?) is about 6-8 " to short for me.

After making the switch back to a solid stick I don't think I could go back to an adjustable one. It just doesn't make sense to me to just have one more thing to have moving around while on the wire. I also really like to be able to jam the stick between my toes to free up both hands for a second if need be.


I think the math worked out to around 100 bucks a stick to make 90" carbon fiber ones, but I have yet to do it.


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 Post subject: Re: DIY tiller extension
PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:13 am 
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 Post subject: Re: DIY tiller extension
PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:32 pm 
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Go to Lowes and buy an extendable paint or mop handle, some even have a hole at the end for the quick pin. I know of two low budget sailors that use them, around $10-12

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 Post subject: Re: DIY tiller extension
PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:08 am 
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What I have done is to use 1-1/4" PVC pipe and 1" PVC pipe - they fit inside each other nice and snug.
Drilled holes through both the tubes and run a small rope through them to keep them from pulling apart - the length of the rope will dictate how far the tubes pull apart. (Have to flatten and cut to shape the end of the inner pipe so there is room for the rope) Heat up the end of the outer tube and flatten it so it can be attached to the tiller crossbar....I also taped the grip band of an other tennis raquet on the end of the inner tube for better grip.
(there is enough friction between the tubes to work just fine when you are pushing on the tiller to tack)

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 Post subject: Re: DIY tiller extension
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:37 am 
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Has anyone converted to a wave style tiller?


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 Post subject: Re: DIY tiller extension
PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 7:53 pm 
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i have a bambo tiller extension on mine cost:free

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