Originally Posted by hmason
I have a massive tiller handle for Magic. It befuddles me as to how I could use it.
We have the stock emergency tiller on our GB. Bronze lower section that mates to the top of the starboard bronze rudder post and a teak extension that emerges on deck and provides the leverage to steer with.
Just for fun we got it out of its cradle in the lazarette and tried it while underway a number of years ago. It works great. Had no problems holding a heading as I can see around the starboard side of the house and down the length of the hull when standing on the starboard side of the tiller. As our steering cables and chain hadn't broken I didn't want to backdrive the system with much force with the tiller, but the boat responded no differently than it does to the wheel. If a cable had broken or a cable sheave had cracked the steering effort with the tiller would have been fairly minimal.
We tried a bit of maneuvering (in open water) at idle and this, too, was no real challenge. With the aft window in the main cabin open and the motors at idle my wife at the power levers and shifters and I on the aft deck had no problem communicating at normal voice levels.
So a pretty good system, I think.