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Old 08-10-2015, 23:11   #16
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Re: Replacing wheel with tiller on Tayana 37

We have recently converted our Luders 36 back to the original drawings as well. Our problem was that the rudder post was very well placed (for a tiller), extending through the cockpit sole behind the wheel/binnacle at the very back of the cockpit. Not greatest because you tripped on it all the time in the limited space (behind the stupid wheel). But someone decided that an emergency tiller would be easier to install on square stock rather round, so they (I mean the builder) ground the round stock into a nice square. Sounds good when you want your tiller made out galvanized steel with essentially a 1 3/4" socket welded on to it. Not so much when you want an ash and mahogany tiller that needs to be at least 2" wide at the butt end.

Long story short is get your engineering budget sorted before you start. Ours was a ~$500 custom milled 316 stainless block to convert the too small square to properly size rectangle to fit a standard rudder head, and thus the tiller.


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Old 09-10-2015, 00:05   #17
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Re: Replacing wheel with tiller on Tayana 37

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Frankly I cant see the need for a helm at all, unless I had a huge boat that required hydraulic steering. With our long keel the boats tend to track anyway. Similar boats like Rafikis only came with tillers.

Chuck beat me to it, but my Rafiki 37 is quite similar to the T37, and I absolutely love that it is tiller-driven. Great conversion plan..


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Re: Replacing wheel with tiller on Tayana 37

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Chuck.
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Old 09-10-2015, 15:02   #19
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I have a balanced spade on my forty footer. Installed a tiller. Had a friend weld an extension on the rudder stock. Copied some other tiller heads. Couldn't be happier.
Like the look of this, somewhat like the Jefa head. Thanks for the pix.
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Foojin,

The T37 sails fine with a tiller. It does force you to balance your sails which results in better sailing. Feel for the balance is much simpler with the tiller and you always know if the rudder is displaced for optimal drag reduction....
Thanks Chuck, good post.
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