02 May 2020 Webmaster 291 Your News, Hints & Tips Want a Carbon Tiller but don't like the price? Previous Article Support our friends and class suppliers! Next Article Boat Handling tips by Graham Lamond I wanted a carbon tiller, but didn't want to pay the price for a ready made one, so I went fishing! The Parts Carbon Tubing from Fishing Mad The standard diameter of a carbon tiller for the Fifteen is 34mm, however, I have found that this size is only available from suppliers in bulk quantities of 10 lengths at a time, so this was not an option. However, if you contact Fishing Mad they will sell you a 1.8m long tube at 30mm diameter with a 2mm thick Kevlar reinforced wall thickness for £27.00. Make sure to get the 2mm wall thickness as they also sell this with a 1mm wall but it doesn't have the Kevlar content. Plastic end caps To make up the thickness of the tube to fit the tiller hood, I bought some A4 sized carbon fibre sheets, you can get a couple for around £5. Further research showed you can make the thing look very neat by buying plastic end caps. I used Vital Parts Ltd. The Build Making up the tiller was straightforward. After cutting the tube to length using the existing tiller as a template, I used SP106 to wrap the carbon fibre sheet around the tube and bond it into place. I used electrical tape to hold it in place and stop it unwrapping, which left a ridged finish as in the photo. After curing I sanded it all off with emery tape and gave it a couple of coats of clear sealer. I had to take care when fitting the tiller to the tiller hood to make sure I got the tube angle cut to match the angle on the brass block of the rudder head. This was a bit fiddly, but it worked out in the end. Once this was done I was able to drill the holes to fit the bolts to secure the tube to the tiller head. I then fitted the rudder and tiller to the boat and with everything in place I was able to accurately place the universal joint for the tiller extension. I've made two of these now. The first attempt wasn't quite as neat in the lay-up of the carbon sheet and I ended up using some filler and a spray finish to tidy things up and the result was quite acceptable. On the second tiller, I didn't quite have the length needed as I'd used some of the tube to make a spinnaker turning tube on 'Squall', so made up the deficiency with a nice piece of oak, which added some character. You will need to buy a curved saddle for the tiller extension joint if your previous tiller was a square section as the photos in the slideshow show. I already had the SP106 (I would think many of us will have some kicking around), but apart from that I reckon the parts cost about £50, so good value for a fun project. Rate article No rating Rate this article: No rating Tags tips Share Print Switch article Support our friends and class suppliers! Previous Article Boat Handling tips Next Article Related articles Boat Handling tips Four tips for your F15 Traveller Tips #6: Travelling for the first time FF Insight Zone Does "Easy Launching" Comment Collapse Expand Comments (0) You don't have permission to post comments.