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Comment by kim whitmyre on November 9, 2012 at 10:50pm

I use this to trap the tiller extension when I need to leave the helm for a bit. . .It's a 2" PVC pipe coupling originally. I put a 2" hole saw in my drill press to create the large opening, then used a 7/8" Forstner bit to drill the side hole, and cut down to the side hole from the larger 2" hole. This created the slot the extension handle sits in. The ball on the end of the extension is thus trapped. By lengthening the tiller extension, leeway can be reduced a bit.

I can quickly drop the tiller extension into this, and just as quickly retrieve it.  With the tiller extension retracted, the helm is centered. I've thought about using a small bungee to make it secure in the case of bumpy seas, but so far it really hasn't needed such.

As you can see from one of the pictures, it sits at the inner corner of the cabin, on the aft beam. One on each side.

Comment by paul anderson on November 9, 2012 at 11:14pm

Nice work MR Whitmyre,I was worried there for a bit,you don't call,you don't write...

Comment by kim whitmyre on November 10, 2012 at 11:02am

The reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated! ;~)


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