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Tiller Tamer

$37.99

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Model # 160739 | Mfg # 2205

Product Description

Smooth, adjustable control of tiller movement, for short periods of "self-steering." Particularly useful when changing sails, motoring, etc. on short-handed boats.

  • Installs and adjusts quickly
  • Requires cleats or tie-off points
  • Includes a 7' of 1/4" nylon line

Specs

Tiller Tamer

Type Cleats

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Davis Instruments Tiller Tamer
 
3.4

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

56%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Easy to install (6)

Cons

  • Flimsy construction (4)
  • Poor design (3)

Best Uses

  • Sailing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (5), Casual/ recreational (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Unsure based on reviews - glad I purchased!

My older 24' Helms has a bit of a handicap - I have to help get the hanks up the mast when raising the main. This means leaving the boat and tiller in the...Read complete review

My older 24' Helms has a bit of a handicap - I have to help get the hanks up the mast when raising the main. This means leaving the boat and tiller in the hands of anyone else on board.
I have wanted to take the boat out solo - and began looking at every solo aid out there.
This product's reviews are mixed. While it may not be great for other boats - for mine it works nicely. I even put it to the test during 15knots on the lake - and it held on just fine. I saw no flexing or breakage of plastic. Will that be a problem with age? Maybe - but quite happy for now.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

beef it up!

The Tiller Tamer is a great product that works perfectly as an auto-pilot with the right boat. Its ideal on my Cascade 23 and makes sailing much more pleasant in all conditions. We leave...Read complete review

The Tiller Tamer is a great product that works perfectly as an auto-pilot with the right boat. Its ideal on my Cascade 23 and makes sailing much more pleasant in all conditions. We leave it on at all times when sailing to alleviate constant attention to the tiller. Great for solo sails when you need the boat to track while you work the sails and sheets.

However, there are a couple areas that make this product the' Tiller Lamer'! First, the line is terrible. It gets wet occasionally and sees a lot of sunshine, so it shrinks a lot over time. We tried resetting the line and get it wet to loosen it up, but it still shrinks. This is turn puts a lot of pressure on the plastic parts that the line runs through. Even when set looser the plastic will not hold up to a season of use. We have broken two TT bodies and now the line snapped too.

If this item was made with stainless steel and used a slightly dynamic cord....it would be PERFECT! It just will not hold up to normal wear and tear in the current materials.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unsure based on reviews - glad I purchased!

By Mark on Lake Lanier, GA

from Marietta, GA

About Me Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Configure
  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable Performance

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Day sailing
    • Weekend sailing

    Comments about Davis Instruments Tiller Tamer:

    My older 24' Helms has a bit of a handicap - I have to help get the hanks up the mast when raising the main. This means leaving the boat and tiller in the hands of anyone else on board.
    I have wanted to take the boat out solo - and began looking at every solo aid out there.
    This product's reviews are mixed. While it may not be great for other boats - for mine it works nicely. I even put it to the test during 15knots on the lake - and it held on just fine. I saw no flexing or breakage of plastic. Will that be a problem with age? Maybe - but quite happy for now.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    So far it has worked well.

    By Capt.Phillips

    from Hudson WI.

    About Me Power User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • At this time I have none

    Best Uses

      Comments about Davis Instruments Tiller Tamer:

      So far did his work to my expectations.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      cheap plastic junk

      By Small Boat Sailor

      from Cape Cod, MA

      About Me Advanced

      Pros

      • Easy To Install

      Cons

      • Flimsy Construction
      • Poor Design

      Best Uses

      • Very Light Duty Sailing

      Comments about Davis Instruments Tiller Tamer:

      Very flimsy plastic. Rips through line (replace often). Slips under anything more than light load. Eventually broke and had to be disposed of. This is probably an adequate product for a sailing dinghy and maybe very light use on a small sailboat.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not terribly strong

      By DNA DAVE

      from Port St. Joe, FL

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Flimsy Construction

      Best Uses

      • Sailing
      • Small Boats

      Comments about Davis Instruments Tiller Tamer:

      I installed this on a relatively small boat (Venture 17) so I could raise the main but it doesn't hold the helm confidently enough to leave it. OK in light winds, calm seas and holding the tiller straight while motoring.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Worked exactly like I expedted. Great

      By Bob

      from Smith Mountain Lake, VA

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Small Boats

        Comments about Davis Instruments Tiller Tamer:

        Single hand Racing - allows me to leave the tiller and handle those unexpected situations.

        (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        beef it up!

        By buzzsailor

        from west coast

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Flimsy Construction

        Best Uses

        • Sailing

        Comments about Davis Instruments Tiller Tamer:

        The Tiller Tamer is a great product that works perfectly as an auto-pilot with the right boat. Its ideal on my Cascade 23 and makes sailing much more pleasant in all conditions. We leave it on at all times when sailing to alleviate constant attention to the tiller. Great for solo sails when you need the boat to track while you work the sails and sheets.

        However, there are a couple areas that make this product the' Tiller Lamer'! First, the line is terrible. It gets wet occasionally and sees a lot of sunshine, so it shrinks a lot over time. We tried resetting the line and get it wet to loosen it up, but it still shrinks. This is turn puts a lot of pressure on the plastic parts that the line runs through. Even when set looser the plastic will not hold up to a season of use. We have broken two TT bodies and now the line snapped too.

        If this item was made with stainless steel and used a slightly dynamic cord....it would be PERFECT! It just will not hold up to normal wear and tear in the current materials.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Poor Construction Material

        By Gino

        from New England

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Design

          Best Uses

            Comments about Davis Instruments Tiller Tamer:

            The plastic material used for the housing is not up to the job. This application requires a stainless steel housing. It might cost more -- but you have to buy a new plastic one about every year.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good as a First Mate!

            By Bobbybahama

            from Hernando beach,Fla

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Easy To Use
            • Performs as discribed
            • Quality Construction
            • Steering more relaxed

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Great on my 23ft sailboat
              • Sailing

              Comments about Davis Instruments Tiller Tamer:

              This devise was great under sail and under power.Minimal adjustments while underway.Makes singlehanded sailing possible.Stayed right on my compuss course.No more hanging onto the tiller handle all day!Made my sailing experience more enjoyable!

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              wouldn't sail without one

              By life long sailor

              from West Coast

              About Me Advanced

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Flimsy Construction

              Best Uses

              • Sailing

              Comments about Davis Instruments Tiller Tamer:

              I have purchased this unit a few times now. It works wonderfully when I'm sailing single handed as it allows me to move around the boat. It is an inexpensive auto pilot that is so simple it will never fail or drain your batteries. The only down part is the black plastic housing. The housing breaks easily and sometimes the line gets jammed between the pulley and housing (but it is easy to release). I wish it came in stainless steel as it would last a life time. I couldn't imagine sailing single handed without one.

              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Not the best option

              By areiser

              from COlumbus, Oh

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Easy To Install

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use
              • Poor Design

              Best Uses

              • Large Boats

              Comments about Davis Instruments Tiller Tamer:

              I have a 21 foot boat, but this is really made for a larger boat. The size of the unit that gets mounted on the is rather large, so it does not sit well and is always catching lines. Under way it is strange to adjust. I would rather just have on and off, vs the knob that needs to be cranked down on.

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