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GaryB
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Initially Posted - 05/13/2019 :  20:34:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anyone have a tiller in good shape they might want to sell that fits a C25?


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GaryB
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Peregrine
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Response Posted - 05/14/2019 :  13:05:16  Show Profile  Visit Peregrine's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I was going to suggest buying a new one till I saw the price. I bought mine many years ago and keep it covered with a sunbrella cover. It also lives indoors during the winter.
I guess it is worth the price of buying a good cover when new tillers cost $137 !!
https://www.defender.com/product3.jsp?name=rudder-craft-varnished-sailboat-tiller-model-a&path=-1|118|2331343|2331344&id=2438438


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GaryB
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Response Posted - 05/14/2019 :  18:23:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I had a beautiful tiller that Derek Crawford sold me several years ago. He had shortened it for use on This Side Up. I've had a nice cover on it since I bought it. Sometime during the winter someone decided they needed the tiller cover more than I did and the tiller was totally exposed and has now started delaminating!

Probably the same jerk that stole one of the bows off my bimini!


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GaryB
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islander
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Response Posted - 05/15/2019 :  03:24:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gary, I Know that feeling having my Honda stolen last year. It sucks.

Scott-"IMPULSE"87'C25/SR/WK/Din.#5688
Sailing out of Glen Cove,L.I Sound


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GaryB
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Response Posted - 05/17/2019 :  16:53:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have the original tiller that came with my boat. I had relaminated it several years ago.

Problem is... I can't find it!!! :(

I'm going to check my boat stall this weekend (only place I haven't checked) and if I cannot find it I'll let you know. What are you asking for them?

Just noticed our boats are only 16 apart!


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GaryB
Andiamo
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Edited by - GaryB on 05/17/2019 16:55:03
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Stinkpotter
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Response Posted - 05/17/2019 :  19:40:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Before you give up on the new market (WM and CD for example), take a look at Defender's offering. I suspect they all come from the same place or are essentially equivalent.

Dave Bristle
Association "Port Captain" for Mystic, CT
PO of 1985 C-25 SR/FK #5032 Passage, ex-OUPV
Now on Eastern 27 Sarge (but still sailing when I can).

Passage, Mystic, and Sarge--click to enlarge.

Edited by - Stinkpotter on 05/17/2019 19:42:30
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GaryB
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Response Posted - 05/18/2019 :  06:30:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the Defender tip Peregrine and Dave!

Still hoping to find my old one. I guess I could re-laminate the one currently on the boat too.


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Andiamo
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Leon Sisson
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Response Posted - 05/18/2019 :  10:02:35  Show Profile  Visit Leon Sisson's Homepage  Reply with Quote
If you're willing and able to do some of the shaping for a new tiller, just not the laminating, there are pre-laminated tiller blanks available in a variety of profiles from I think Duckworks and Defender.

I bought one (from Duckworks as I recall), and the workmanship is flawless (at least until I start hacking away at it).

[https://www.duckworks.com/product-p/rcr-parent.htm]

$60 laminated blank vs. $140 finished tiller.

[https://www.defender.com/product3.jsp?id=2438438]

Also, some of the original Catalina 22 and 25 tillers were sawn from a single plank, as opposed to laminated. Maybe not quite as strong, but could be more affordable, depending upon wood species and lumber source you choose.

Edited to add links.

Leon Sisson

Edited by - Leon Sisson on 05/18/2019 10:14:46
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Stinkpotter
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Response Posted - 05/18/2019 :  10:02:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hah! I didn't notice the link in John's post.

Dave Bristle
Association "Port Captain" for Mystic, CT
PO of 1985 C-25 SR/FK #5032 Passage, ex-OUPV
Now on Eastern 27 Sarge (but still sailing when I can).

Passage, Mystic, and Sarge--click to enlarge.
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Stinkpotter
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Response Posted - 05/19/2019 :  08:13:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Leon Sisson

...Also, some of the original Catalina 22 and 25 tillers were sawn from a single plank, as opposed to laminated. Maybe not quite as strong, but could be more affordable, depending upon wood species and lumber source you choose...
A single board should work if you don't try to replicate the "S" curve of the original. If you do, you'll likely end up with the grain crossing somewhere in a way that would be just waiting to snap under some unexpected downward pressure. That's the reason for the laminated approach.

Dave Bristle
Association "Port Captain" for Mystic, CT
PO of 1985 C-25 SR/FK #5032 Passage, ex-OUPV
Now on Eastern 27 Sarge (but still sailing when I can).

Passage, Mystic, and Sarge--click to enlarge.
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bigelowp
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Response Posted - 05/19/2019 :  12:59:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Also check out Ruddercraft -- besides rudders they make tillers and provide options for finish (unfinished/varnish/epoxy) and are less expensive

Peter Bigelow
C-25 TR/FK #2092 Limerick
Rowayton, Ct
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