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Nov 20, 2023Liked by Marty Loken

Having gone from single-sided to push/pull to finally a wishbone tiller I am in the "two thumbs up" camp. In the design phase it is hard to over emphasize the need for a mock-up. You'll want to know the distance from the pivot point of your rudder to the mizzen mast and the diameter of the mast. Conventional wisdom says the rudder "stalls" at about 35 degrees, it can take a lot of swing to get the rudder to "hard over" that far and the farther your mizzen is from the pivot point the bigger section of arc you'll need to accommodate. My tiller is by far the thing people most ask about at the Port Townsend WBF each year.

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Nov 20, 2023Liked by Marty Loken

As usual---I am amazed, humbled, full of admiration! Gorgeous, Marty. Again.... as usual!

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Nov 20, 2023Liked by Marty Loken

Just like a “very good movie” beautiful!....I’ll watch the “Wizard” Marty create his works of art....but I will continue to sail my simple sloop!!! Thanks Marty

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Nov 20, 2023Liked by Marty Loken

What an incredibly beautiful piece of work!! And, both boats....sigh...what more can be said??!!!

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Nov 26, 2023Liked by Marty Loken

Thanks for the steel pipe trick for steaming wood, Marty. I'm always learning something new here.

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Nov 21, 2023Liked by Marty Loken

Absolutely beautiful. The kind of work I love. But I'd be nervous in heavy weather in anything larger than a sailing canoe.

P.S. I love Marty's posts. Hope he never decides to retire. :-)

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First, looking at the inside of the boat itself - what a pretty thing! Your craftsmanship is awesome. Then - that tiller! I'd never even heard of such a thing before! I read every word - so fascinating - the shape, the process, the design - all of it. thank you for sharing this!

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Brings back memories, 64 years ago (+/-) my first build was a canoe with steam bent ribs. A low tech version of your set up; a piece of rain gutter downspout angled over an open fire did the job. Thanks for toggling the memory, I cherish the memory of that cranky tippy craft and all that have followed.

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Move the mizzen mast aft of the rudder.

Simple is usually better.

This looks like an "I need something to pass the long winter" project.

Nice job, tho.

If the mast was attached to the Rudder would both still function properly?

I wanted to use my mast raising strut as a mizzen mast (stacking function) so I could deploy a shade over the boom and sail with mizzen and jib while avoiding the sun's rays.

Pretty boat!

A fan shaped c board?

More opportunities for failure.

Occams razor.

What can go wrong probably will.

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I understand that oak and epoxy aren’t always the best of friends, did you treat the oak in anyway to prepare it, other than bathing it and boiling it?

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