A New Tiller Direction….??!!

Corby TillerDo you remember a short while ago some photos we published of a fabulous looking Corby tiller headrestoration by Corby Yachts.  They had a tiller design (above) quite reminiscent of the 505 in Paul Elvstrom’s knockout best seller, Expert Dinghy Racing, in 1965…. I have a feeling it is known as a pylon design tiller.



Peter Card (FF 3144) had a look at doing this again for his boat.  You’ll see the photos below.  Peter has done it from Stainless Tubing.  I’ve asked Peter if he can get a weight of it for us, or maybe just the comparison with a wooden one.  If the stainless tubing on bicycles is anything to go by, you can make it to end up quite light.

See what you make of these….

FF3144 Tiller 11-1-14

FF3144 TILLER Fixing 11-1-14

FF3144 Tiller Jan 2014 side towards stern

FF3144 Tiller Jan 2014 side view

FF3144 Tiller Jan 2014 top view

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  1. Just a note for those who have stainless steel fabricated tiller hoods on their Fifteens. A couple of years ago when I was restoring 3130 (my current Fifteen) I had to re TIG weld a couple of seams on the tiller hood that had failed due to stressing from normal use. Stainless is all well and good but is actually quite brittle. When the heat was applied from the TIG torch several hidden to the naked eye cracks lit up like a Christmas tree revealing stress faults and could have easily failed when under load. A simple check is to remove the tiller and heat the tiller hood with a blow torch and any cracking will become visible.

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