When I went out sailing last week on the Catalina 25, I noticed there was some extra “play” in the tiller. It just didn’t feel right. It looked and felt like the bolt holes had been widened out with use and time. I removed the tiller and discovered it was a little more than just holes that were too wide.

Broken tiller handle on Catalina 25.

Broken tiller handle on Catalina 25.

The aft end of the tiller had actually began to split in the middle. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence and shouldn’t be a big deal. I haven’t had to deal with this yet, because the tiller on my old Hunter was is flawless condition…..because there was always a cover on in when not in use. When I finish this repair, I’ll be making a cover for this one.

I can either repair it [whilst also increasing my knowledge of sailboat maintenance and repairs] or simply buy a new one [and learn nothing]. I’ll likely opt for the former, even though you’ll hear me say otherwise in the video below. 🙂

I’ll update with a part 2 post when I finish the repairs. In the meantime, no sailing for a few days. 🙁

Has anyone repaired their broken tiller? How’d it go?