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 Post subject: Tiller extensions
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:19 am 
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Was sailing at the weekend, flopped over on a tack, came up and had lost half of my tiller extension. After about 15 years of not breaking tiller extensions I have broken 2 this year.... what makes a robust tiller ext?

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 Post subject: Re: Tiller extensions
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:53 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Tiller extensions
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:06 pm 
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Alistair

Letting go before you fall over the side is the only sure way of not breaking them!

I generally use 20mm tube with 1-1.5mm wall thickness. Any thicker and they get very heavy to use. We can supply through C12 but usually I would suggest you go to Easy Composites and buy 2.5m length of Roll Wrapped tube which costs about £60. Don't use Protruded as it has a very poor crush resistance.

Link http://www.easycomposites.co.uk/#!/cured-carbon-fibre-products/carbon-fibre-tube/roll-wrapped-carbon-fibre-tube/carbon-fibre-tube-roll-wrapped-18mm.html

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 Post subject: Re: Tiller extensions
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:42 pm 
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Ah yes, the first one went when I kept hold during an aggressive nose dive at the nationals, second one not sure what happened. I think possibly I capsized in the tack partially because I was aground and somehow the tiller ext got trapped under the boat and snapped that way. The first was a 16mm od 13mm id roll wrapped glass/ carbon and the second was a pullwound carbon of the same dims. I think I might try some of the tube you have recommended, but both now repaired (and a spare pullwound tube in the garage loft as well)

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