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 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.
Not terribly strong
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.