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Tiller Extension Extension?

US 1214

Im often sailing my 470 single handedly, which is fine in low wind. The problem happens when the wind picks up and the boat is way overpowered. I thought I might be able to sail in heavier wind if I could ride the crew’s trap, but that would require a longer tiller extension.

I don’t want to make a new extension since the hardware that mounts to the tiller is of strange stainless vintage stuff.... and besides, I won’t be needing a long extension all the time. I want to make something that attaches to the original tiller extension (glass composite) that I can remove for crewed sailing.

Materials? I’ve heard bamboo is strong/cheap, and I’ve heard to stay away from PVC. Thoughts? Has anybody done this before?