Jump to content

Tillers and ackerman steering geometry


Pete
 Share

Recommended Posts

My two tiller arms have quite different amounts of bend inwards - one is quite a lot straighter (and somewhat damaged) than the other.  Even so, I haven't noticed that tacking is easier on one side or the other. 

Just how important is the ackerman steering geometry?  How much inward bend should there be on each tiller arm? 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

http://www.swingcat.co.uk/how/bridgedeck/ackermann_steering.pdf

 

Something I need to check too now that I've removed the slop in the pintles.  With the Mari, first thing to check is the line of the rudders.  On the trailer pull the rudder blade half down and then look along its line to the bow.   Once they're in line tape the tiller down so it won't move.  Then make sure the other rudder is also in line.

That's the first thing - made a big difference to my boat when I did this.

Then the ackerman.  So, if you remove the pop rivets holding the tillers in place you should be able to twist it around so that the ackerman calc is satisfied.  I've not done that (yet) but I have the same issue as you do, I think someone or something must have sat on one of my tillers as it's a lot lower to the deck.

Thanks for reminding me - I'll read the article now.

 

Edit: hmmm, read the article, don't really understand it - maybe I'll just go sailing!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...