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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:04 pm 
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Any body try the tiller extension for a TI? Does it work ok? I really would like a telscoping handle that I can also use in the kayak seat to get more leverage than current handle.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:51 am 
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I would be a bit careful adding leverage to the tiller, as there is a danger than you could break a line inside the hull, in which case you have a much bigger issue, as TIs are notoriously difficult to steer using a paddle. Don't ask me how I know....

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:12 am 
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Mark, heres one option. I made a cheap tiller extension that I have used for about 6 months. It's worked well for me. Here is a video. I have an AI but see no reason it shouldn't work for a TI. It's beginning to wear at the connection to the eye bolt since it's plastic. Probably need to get a new tiller arm from Home Depot soon.



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:30 am 
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Hey guys - thanks for your comments/advice

Being a former engineer, I can appreciate being cautious about over torquing the system and breaking internal lines.

Although, I noticed Hobie sells a tiller extension, so that might lead you to think it is okay from a torque perspective.

Also impressed with Vetgam's Home Depot handle design. Why did you bend the eyebolt? I didn't quite follow that part. Also intrigued with you bench seat setup. Do you have a video on the design?

Mark in sb


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:44 pm 
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Mark I bent the eye bolt because otherwise the eye bolt sticks up at an angle instead of straight up. Here's the video on the modular quarterdeck. The quarterdeck has been great for sailing. You do have to careful in heavy winds because your center of gravity is higher and its easier to capsize. I get back down in the cockpit when winds are greater than 14 mph or waves more than 3 ft.



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:57 pm 
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One more thing, if I were to make another, I would tilt it slightly forward so that when sitting, your more level. Sitting at that angle for a long time can be uncomfortable on your back without back support. I just have to occasionally move back and forth from the quarterdeck to the cockpit so that it doesn't bother me. I have 2 herniated disks so I sure it bothers me more than it would others. I like the variation of view that this offers.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:04 pm 
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That is a sweet looking setup! Tell me more about yout tiller externsion - is it homemade? If so where did you get the parts? I also like the wood amas platform - how is it attached to the akas?

Mark


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:33 pm 
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Mark I recently installed the Hobie Tiller arm on my TI - it works well as you might expect. They tackled the connection in an interesting way - instead of the universal joint that many tillers use Hobie used a flexible rubber connection that can flex in any direction. The extension is fixed length ans simply screws into the rudder control where the knob goes. The length is adequate to use from out near the amas. Its a little pricey but it works well.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:00 am 
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Collapsible, expandable tiller arms are a big advantage.


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