Tiller Tender

(1 customer review)


The Tiller Tender’s (shown in the cradle position above and saddle position below) backing plate is mounted to the transom. Installation takes just about an hour.

The Tiller Tender then slides into the mounting plate and is ready to go in seconds. When not in use, the Tiller Tender can easily be removed and stored!


1 review for Tiller Tender

  1. Jim Sisco

    to Sam
    My Tiller Tender has now been used on several different days of experimentation on my San Juan 28 from its dock on Lake Norman in NC. It has been used with the engine only, main sail only, 150 jib only and with both sails together. The last day out has me so excited that I decided to write this. In late January, on a blustery day at Lake Norman in NC, my friend and I gave this wonderful device a good work out. We were sailing my San Juan 28 out of a marina near Mooresville, with winds blowing 8-12Kts and gusting as high as 17.2kts. With these winds, we engaged Tiller Tender, first with the engine alone at various rpm settings. In high winds, and the diesel at idle, we had no forward movement, therefore the boat would fall off easily, not holding its heading, but with just a bit more throttle, up to wide open, it tracked perfectly, no matter the relative direction of the wind. Without at least a little speed, the rudder doesn’t work as well and the bow is blown off course.

    Heading directly into the wind, we first raised the 150 jib only. Tiller Tender took care of the boat completely by itself while we busied ourselves with getting under sail, at just under half throttle. Falling off and trimming the sail and tiller, Tiller Tender was re-engaged. I was astonished to watch the boat track straight as we tried it through all points of sail. My expectations were that with the headsail only, the boat would fall off at any point of sail. But, I was pleasantly surprised. It tracked as straight as ever. In running deeper downwind than just a broad reach, we found the boat wanted to just run straight downwind.

    At first, under sail, both main and jib or either one alone, I observed that the boat changed directions by itself if Tiller Tender was left alone. After studying this, I realized that the boat was indeed changing directions, either falling off or heading up, but it was doing so as the lake wind shifted directions. Surprisingly, Tiller Tender was sailing to that new apparent wind direction, similar to a self-steering system, but not exactly the same.

    I have now tried Tiller Tender in just about every conceivable situation, both power and sail, on my own boat, with which I am very familiar, and can say that it is the most valuable crew member aboard, and I don’t have to buy it presents. It can make a single hander out of most people. In view of its low cost and high value, it’s a logical addition to any sailboat.

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