WAVEFRONT TILLERCLUTCH TESTIMONIALS
Philip G. Racing Sailor on Sydney Harbour - 27 foot Thomson Sports Boat.
"I usually crew with me plus 3 or 4. But I am thinking of going to me plus 1 or 2. I couldn’t think of doing that without the Tiller Clutch.
I sail on Sydney Harbour racing at the Balmain Sailing Club and occasionally at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.The TillerClutch is very useful when sailing shorthanded. For example, I can leave the tiller set if I need to go forward to help retrieve the spinnaker.
I am very pleased with it especially wen I think of the many years that I sailed without one. (over 50 years). I use it in many other simple ways such as slowly approaching the dock to pick up crew, before a race start when looking around at other boats. I am also impressed because it has needed no maintenance and the lines it runs with have not frayed at all.
Kenn F. – Cruising sailor on Goolwa River and Lakes - Outhred Gannet 4.5m lapstrake gunter rig
I like to sail solo, so the TillerClutch gives me a chance to go forward to anchor or take down mainsail (jib on furler). I have just also installed a spinnaker so the Tiller Clutch can steer me while I put the spinnaker up/down solo. Also if I have inexperienced crew on board I can go forward to show them what’s up.
So far i've used it in about 20 knots. Not so keen to go out over that wind speed anyway, as I am getting a bit ancient (depending on your viewpoint of course). I reckon it is a game changer. Prior to buying it I had to use my foot and stretch forward, but had to constantly head back to steer properly. I would highly recommend it. You certainly won’t regret it. For my boat, it cost roughly only 3% of the total fittings/rigging cost for the boat (excluding sails, spars and centre/rudder boards).
Robin H – Hallet Cove SA – Farr 7500 – Cruising Sailor on the River and Lakes
I normally sail alone and the TillerClutch allows me to leave the tiller fixed. I also find it useful when rigging sails or when trying to light my pipe!!! highly recommend. It is very useful especially in a good wind when having to hold tiller can be tiring.
Joe S – Sydney NSW – Snook 28, Huon pine mast head sloop
I’m a cruising sailor and sail on Sydney Harbour and also on the Tasman Sea. The main purpose I use the TillerClutch for is to assist leaving and arriving to mooring and locking off to trim the headsail. The strongest wind strength I have used it is in 20 knots.
I absolutely recommend the TillerClutch. It’s not a self-steering windvane, however it helps me go forward and will sail the boat on the correct course for about 30 seconds while I adjust the head sails. I also use it when mooring single handed; it’s like having another crew member!