One more option is to tie two lengths of nylo with bungee ends - one to each side. Then just give a wrap of each line on the tiller and you are set. Pull the lines forward and you are free to hand steer.
The real benefit of this method is that with the bungee cord in place you don't need to release the tiller tamer in order to make small (or large) changes. If you find yourself turning off course, you can just push the tiller over until you get back on course and then release it again.
Right now my autopilot
is broken. So I've been using the rope/bungee cord combination for all my sailing, even when raising the chute downwind in 20 knots. It obviously won't hold a course for long in these conditions. But I don't need to release the rope
. I just push the tiller to steer back on course and then let go again. This is the benefit of the bungee cord.
You can see all of my self-steering tips on youtube.
And of course I discuss these in the free version of my singlehanded tips book available at http://sfbaysss.org/resource/doc/Sin...rdEdition2.pdf