Tiller Extension

Looking for opinions on tiller extensions, i.e., fixed versus telescoping, brands, type of swivel, etc. Any comments appreciated. Doug FS4491

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I have the extension that Flying Scot Inc.

I have the extension that Flying Scot Inc. sells which is a Ronstan X-10 fixed at 40"(runs about $35) and it works quite well. I have found I am either using the full extension or not. I don't remember ever wishing for an adjustable one. On my old Scot I had a carbon fibre extension which I loved except that it wasn't quite long enough. There is not a huge weight difference between the aluminum one I now have and the carbon one, but the carbon seemed to have a better feel to it. I will buy another carbon one when I get the chance. The rubber universal joint is also the way to go. I started on my old boat with the old fashion wooden extension, and going to the rubber universal made a big difference in ease of handling. I just replaced the universal on my current extension and it was inexpensive and easy. Jerry Latell FS 4899

I have the telescoping kind and like it quite a bit since I can

I have the telescoping kind and like it quite a bit since I can adjust it just to the length that I need at my particular seating position which may change depending on several factors such as number of people in the boat. Also I like the round knob end on the tiller extension which prevents your hand from slipping off the tiller handle. Of course one of the main benefits of a telescoping one is that you can play around quite a bit to find out what fits best for you. [Funny, you can see a little of the tiller in the signature. Just squint hard enough. ;)]

Claus FS5074 Ames, IA

O/T Claus, is that an iron ore ship in the background? I assu

O/T Claus, is that an iron ore ship in the background? I assumed that you were sailing on Saylorville Reservoir.

quote:[i]Originally posted by Transom[/i] [br]O/T Claus, is

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[i]Originally posted by Transom[/i] [br]O/T Claus, is that an iron ore ship in the background? I assumed that you were sailing on Saylorville Reservoir.
LOL No, you'll see shoreline in any direction of Saylorville and the largest boats on there are house boats. All three pictures are from this years Wife Husband Championship on Lake St. Clair in Michigan. I'm not sure what kind of ship that is but it's one of the bigger ones that went through the shipping channel. Sailing there was a blast. I never experienced the large rolling waves and the huge open lake where one doesn't see the other shore. Also the race itself and the wonderful people there were great.

Claus FS5074 Ames, IA

That is what I meant, I knew there was no way that a ship (any "

That is what I meant, I knew there was no way that a ship (any "ship") that size could be on Saylorville. I lived in Des Moines for a while. Where do you regularly sail?

The fixed Ronstan x-10 works great.

The fixed Ronstan x-10 works great. When storing the tiller, keep the extension at right angles to the tiller. This will eliminate constant tension on and extend the life of the universal joint. It isn't a bad idea to replace the u-joint every so often, say annually. FSSA Forum editor

quote:[i]Originally posted by Transom[/i] [br]I lived in Des Mo

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[i]Originally posted by Transom[/i] [br]I lived in Des Moines for a while. Where do you regularly sail?
We sail mostly on Big Creek, a smaller no-wake lake right besides Saylorville.

Claus FS5074 Ames, IA