Measurers Corner

Measurer’s Interpretations and Recommendations

Topic:Hull
Question:Can the tiller be constructed from other then wood?
ID Number:000030
Date:2009-05-05
Short Answer:No 
Answer:The class rules are quiet on the details of the tiller. The stand-by rule of "Any alteration of a Registered Yacht and the use of any item of equipment on a Registered Yacht, which is not expressly permitted herein, is prohibited." can be applied (but not in an obvious manner). The drawing mentioned in the Official Plans "Tiller Assembly 04.24-75773 ALT.O" is the casting only. 
Section:§:IV-1.0 
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Status:Affirmed-X
Action Date: 
Sat Oct 19 10:49:48 2019
DateNameComment
2009-05-06Kristian MartincicAlso, if there are restrictions on the tiller material are both laminated and solid tillers allowed? The etchells class went through this a couple years ago with the conclusion that the rules didn't specify material, leaving it open.
2009-05-06Richard RobbinsThe tiller isn't specifically mentioned in the Bluebook and the drawing referenced in the Official Plans is only for the casting. According to Cape Cod Shipbuilding jigs and patterns are used to get the right size and shape. Back in the 60's solid ash was steam bent on the jigs but in the steaming process 1 in every 3 pieces broke, so there was a lot of waste. Today the Shields tillers are laminated using the the same jigs and shaped using the same patterns. Laminated ash tillers are stronger and will hold their shape longer.
2009-05-07Richard RobbinsThe consensus of the Technical Committee is that the tiller should remain as traditionally manufactured. I would propose the following interpretation added to the rules: "The tiller may be constructed by anyone and shall be primarily made from wood (solid or laminated) and be of the size and shape as originally manufactured."
2009-05-07Andrew BurtonThat seems a good interpretation, Richard, except that I'd eliminate the use of the word "primarily".
2009-05-17Richard RobbinsOn May 14, 2009 this was presented to the Governing Board and no objections were raised to the interpretation: "The tiller may be constructed by anyone and shall be made from wood (solid or laminated) and be of the size and shape as originally manufactured."