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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Mar 18 at 4:51pm
I wouldn't bother. I used panhandle all the time until buying the Blaze, a six foot tiller extension across your chest is a positive liability when helming off the wire, and I was always clouting the crew upside the head every time I tried it. Holding it 'dagger grip' across your chest (where possible) allows you to use both hands for sheeting in or when you need a free hand to adjust something. It took me a while to get away from panhandle grip but, mostly, dagger grip is better.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote azimuth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 18 at 8:58am
Originally posted by snowleopard

A short tiller will encourage the helm to sit too far aft when beating. If you are aware of the problem you should be able to avoid it. I've just rigged up an adaptor for my Finn so I can use a lifting Laser 2 rudder in place of the fixed rudder specified in the class rules. The tiller is around 6" shorter so it will be interesting to see how I get on.

Lifting rudders are legal on Finns - I have one on mine complete with measurement stickers. But there are not many around so they are difficult to find second hand and are expensive to buy new. 

I suspect a rudder much smaller than normal might not work well once there's decent wind.

Edited by azimuth - 16 Mar 18 at 8:59am
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