Tiller extensions

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Postby Guest » Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:42 pm

My J80 (2000 model year hull # 276)came from the factory with a Forespar telescoping tiller extension (I believe the equivalent current Forespar model is 108101 (extends from 27-48 inches).
I am thinking of replacing it with a fixed non-telescoping model. These are made by a few manufacturers such as Ronstan #RF3129, 33 inches. I know J World in Annapolis uses fixed length tiller extensions so I think this should work.
One concern I have is that Ronstan recommends #RF3129 for "dinghys and small catamarans", but says nothing about keelboats. I wonder whether the unit and method of attachment to the tiller handle (which appears less robust than the Forespar unit) are strong enough to handle a blow.

Also, I wonder what is the ideal length? 33 inches sounds about right to me.

Advice, suggestions welcome.

[Posted by: David Vincent
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Postby Guest » Wed Jul 15, 2009 3:03 pm

I'm always impressed at how helpful and timely this forum can be!

For anyone interested, I decided on the Ronstan #RF3129 fixed tiller extension (brand name "Battlestick"). At 33 inches, the length is fine. I prefer it to the OE Forespar telescoping unit.

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