Comparison of Self-Steering Devices

 

TillerClutchTM

Tamer-Style Friction Wheel & Knob

Rod or Tiller- Extension Holder

Shock Cord (Bungee) Rig

Function

On/Off clutch action

Friction brake - continuous friction

Solid brace

Stretchy restraint

Speed and Convenience

 

Click of lever at hand. Natural and intuitive

Requires repetitive knob rotations

Awkward engagement and adjustment

Quick to disengage, multiple movements to engage

Durability

Essentially unbreakable

Low on plastic models

Rugged

UV deterioration

Materials

 

Hard anodized aluminum and stainless steel


Primarily plastic


Varies

Shock cord & attachments

Action Required
to Adjust Steering


Click lever on/off with steering hand

Shove tiller against friction or unscrew & re-tighten knob

Adjust length of tiller extension
or detach it

Grasp cord and reset attachment point while holding tiller

Hands Required while Steering

One hand

Two hands

Two hands

Two hands


Holding Power

Optimal when installed properly. Preset override

Variable, suitable for light conditions


Excessive


Weak and bouncy

Appearance

Refined and
unobtrusive

Somewhat obtrusive

Bulky

Makeshift

Potential to Snag Mainsheet

Low

High, vertically protruding knob

Low

Low

Feel while Steering

Friction-free natural steering

Scraping feel of rope friction

Friction-free natural steering

Increasing resistance

Friction Adjustment

Unnecessary

Knob

N/A

Manually reposition

Emergency Override

Can overpower when necessary

Can overpower when necessary

Unforgiving when engaged

Easily overpowered

Helmsman Response Time

Fast, grip helm and lever in one motion

Fast when forcing tiller, slow when rotating knob

Slow, locate extension to adjust steering/detach

Fast to move tiller, slower to adjust steering



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