Getting it in the (tiller) neck

Canal Boat - - Technical -

Is there a me­chan­i­cal or er­gonomic ad­van­tage to the swan neck shape of the tiller? web­site to achieve if the swan neck ran straight up from the rud­der stock and then turned through a right an­gle. The gap be­tween rear bulk­head and rud­der stock would be too small. By sweep­ing the up­right part of the swan neck back­wards and then mak­ing the bend gives the length re­quired for the un-piv­oted sec­tion or the part the sep­a­rate tiller bar slides over while keep­ing much of the small rear deck free of ob­struc­tion.

On butties, where the equiv­a­lent of the ‘up­right’ part of the swan neck is just a wooden ex­ten­sion of the rud­der, the whole tiller bar lifts out of the rud­der and is re­placed the other way up so the bar sweeps up­wards to clear the rear ac­cess. You can oc­ca­sion­ally see a swan neck that is ver­ti­cal with a right an­gle bend on an old cruiser stern but they look very odd.

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