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Old 18-05-2004, 05:43   #1
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Emergency Tiller

Good day to all,

A question - Where might I find an emergency tiller for a 37 Prout Snow Goose? I donít worry about loosing steering out in the bay. I can drift or not and drop the hook- call for a tow. Out in open water that isnít always an option. On the trip bringing the boat home I failed to check the steering fluid level and the forth night of the trip around 2 am we suddenly were making nearly two turns of the wheel to even budge the rudder. Of course we were out in the Gulf above Tampa cutting across to Apalachicola. Daylight and landfall were welcome sights. So that experience has convinced me that before I venture off to far Iíll have an emergency tiller. If some one has an emergency tiller or has made one - ideas on what works would be welcome. There is an access on the port stern over the rudder. There is a square rudder post so Iím sure you can fit a box tube over that. But Iím looking for ideas about strength and compactness. I want to be able to stow this thing.

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Gary
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Old 18-05-2004, 06:53   #2
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I have a version made by the factory. I understand it is a modified version of the original design. The modification allows it to be broken down enough to fit in the anchor locker. When I have the boat in Florida in 3 weeks, I'll take a couple of photos and some measurements for you.

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Woody,

That would be so great. I have a few ideas but I really want to see what was made for it in the first place. Where in Florida? We are in Shalimar / Ft. Walton beach area.

Thanks so much for the offer

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I am directly East of you in Fernandina Beach. We are on the Florida East coast as far north as you can get and not be in Georgia.
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yes the tiller for a snow goose is incch stanless tube bent at 90degree with inch socket welded to it
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As promised, here is the information on my Prout 37 emergency tiller...

Here is a photo of all three pieces. They pin together to form one arm seven feet long with a one foot bend. On the end of the bend is a one inch square socket fitting.



The tubing is one inch diameter and not thick walled. The square socket is just a 1" inside dimension thick wall square tube welded on at a slight angle to the tube bend. I did not have anything to measure the angle. I can get that info later if needed.



Removing the pins, you can place all three pieces in the propane locker.



I'm sorry the image quality is not better. I forgot my real camera and had to use my cell phone camera. Let me know you want more details. The literature I have says this installs on the port side rudder, and extends all the way into the cockpit.

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Woody,

Thanks so much. This really gives me the mental picture I needed. I imagined a much beefier apparatus. I think I can fabricate this. The only add on I think it needs is a cover of sorts to go over the three inch hole using it will leave. If I can be of any help please let me know.

Hope the trip south went well. Iíve had company for a couple weeks and havenít been able to get much time to check for post.

Fair winds

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