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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 4:17 am 
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Joined: Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:13 am
Posts: 14
I find the original tiller a bit hard on the wrist, but this simple extension provides more leverage and finer control.
I cut it from a scrap of 10mm polycarbonate, but PVC, PET, or Acrylic would also be suitable.




1. Cut out & drill your new Tiller Extension as per the diagram above.
2. Remove the existing Tiller retaining screw using a 1/8" Alan key.
3. Drill a 6.5mm hole in the existing Tiller as shown.
4. Place the original Tiller Retaining Screw into its hole in your existing Tiller (don't screw to boat yet).
5. Piggyback your Extension on top of the existing Tiller with the 2 x M6 screws (the M6 nut goes on the underside of the existing Tiller - see diagram).
6. Attach the whole new Tiller assembly back onto the kayak as it was originally.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask via this post.

2012 AI, Yellow

Last edited by Rodnco on Thu Dec 18, 2014 4:39 pm, edited 1 time in total.

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 5:16 am 
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Joined: Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:14 pm
Posts: 3318
Location: South Florida
Rod, I can't see your images. It looks like you may be "hosting" them on your own computer, but then your computer must be on and available so the rest of us can see them. does a good job hosting pictures and provides free space, up to a point. Here are my step by step instructions for using PB to host your pictures. Scroll down until you come to the post "How to Include Pictures (Images) in your Hobie Forum Post."

Here is an image of my tiller w/ the Hobie tiller knob. My boat is a 2011 AI. I don't feel uncomfortable using that tiller/knob arrangement. The cotter pin is in the tiller to hold the vertical rudder centered for transport--that is another story.


2015 AI 2, 2014 Tandem

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