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Old 16-11-2018, 18:06   #1
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Repairing my old Tiller Arm. What are these holes for?

So my Tiller arm was rough! Started to delaminate, epoxy coating was flaking off. Big fat hole for a tie up rope...

Anyway, on the butt end of the arm are these two holes. They both contained Stainless Steel, Flat head bolts. Both had just a nut on the bottom. Nothing attached. No sign anything ever WAS attached.

So at this point it's all glued back together. The filler epoxy is hardening..

However I don't want to fill these two holes until I know why they might exist.

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Re: Repairing my old Tiller Arm. What are these holes for?

It would help to show the tiller in place on the boat, but two possible guesses:
1/ attachment point for an autopilot (some sort of bracket that would take a pivoting arm from the side of the cockpit)
2/bolts to hold cleat for tying off the tiller

The "big fat hole" wouldn't happen to be for a tiller extension? You don't show enough of the tiller to see where any of these holes are in relation to the whole thing. If I had a Peterson 34 with a tiller, I would definitely want a tiller extension so I could sit outboard and see the puffs coming.
Saying that, it could be that the two bolts are for a fitting to hold the tiller extension in place when it's not being used.
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Re: Repairing my old Tiller Arm. What are these holes for?

Probably for a tiller extension pole mount or a simple eye strap to connect a bungee or small line.
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I'll second the TP pin mount or.. they also look seperate enough to have held a cleat for bungee self steering
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Re: Repairing my old Tiller Arm. What are these holes for?

The tiller extention definitely makes sense on the hole I did fill. It had a small piece of line in it. Tying the arm up, out of the cockpit when not in use.

A very nice extension arm came with the boat. However the part that would attach it to the tiller is no longer around (or I have yet to find it anyway).

There was also a small block of wood, rotted out, with a small piece of plywood screwed to the block. THAT contraption had the Auto pilot connector. Those holes are being filled, and a much better connector will be replacing it.

Those two holes that I'm trying to figure out? They are far to close to the bracket to be of much use tying it off. This tiller is about 56" long, and the holes are only about 6 inches ahead of the bracket.

I think I'm going to go ahead and fill them. I can drill them back out if I find a worthy purpose.

As for wanting an extension? I have been thinking the same thing psk125!
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Re: Repairing my old Tiller Arm. What are these holes for?

Oh and thank you both for the input!
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Re: Repairing my old Tiller Arm. What are these holes for?

I would say a tiller pilot bracket arm.

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It would help to show the tiller in place on the boat, but two possible guesses:
1/ attachment point for an autopilot (some sort of bracket that would take a pivoting arm from the side of the cockpit)
2/bolts to hold cleat for tying off the tiller

The "big fat hole" wouldn't happen to be for a tiller extension?
I agree. I would have no problem filling the holes with epoxy resin, either with a compatible filler or not. If you have made a terrible mistake, drill out the holes and you'll have an epoxy-protected hole for the autopilot bracket or whatever.

Incidentally, if it were an autopilot bracket that's missing, you'd probably see the socket for the drive unit on the side of the cockpit or on the side deck. Maybe even a place where the 12 connection came out of the side of the cockpit.

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Re: Repairing my old Tiller Arm. What are these holes for?

No idea what the pukas might have been for but they are too far aft for a tiller pilot, self steering vane, or tiller extension handle. If you haven't found a mystery bit of hardware lying around the boat would just glue a bung and forget it. If the mystery piece does turn up you could redrill the holes.
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The tiller extention definitely makes sense on the hole I did fill. It had a small piece of line in it. Tying the arm up, out of the cockpit when not in use.

A very nice extension arm came with the boat. However the part that would attach it to the tiller is no longer around (or I have yet to find it anyway).

There was also a small block of wood, rotted out, with a small piece of plywood screwed to the block. THAT contraption had the Auto pilot connector. Those holes are being filled, and a much better connector will be replacing it.

Those two holes that I'm trying to figure out? They are far to close to the bracket to be of much use tying it off. This tiller is about 56" long, and the holes are only about 6 inches ahead of the bracket.

I think I'm going to go ahead and fill them. I can drill them back out if I find a worthy purpose.

As for wanting an extension? I have been thinking the same thing psk125!



My tilt up tiller has a screw height adjust stop. When the tiller is dropped down to "use" position,the height of the tiller can be adjusted up or down a couple of inches +/- for comfort. Just a thought. / Len
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