You want a ProGraphite Tiller from us! We started making them in 1996 and the originals are still going strong 20 years on! No one else on the market can claim to have such a reliable record.
Each tiller is made from a combination of uni-directional carbon fibres and woven carbon fibres prepregged with high strength epoxy resin. The ProGraphite tiller is high pressure moulded in a precision CNC machined aluminium tool. The materials and tooling used ensure constant reproduction of a high quality part.
- Rounded Box Section - for maximum stiffness and minimum deflection
- Recessed Tip - to avoid the traveller cleat
- Low Profile - so the traveller can be pulled on nice and tight to keep the leach tension tight and the power on
Since mid 2016 we have dispensed with the metal wear plate and replaced it with in-situ moulded carbon composite material which was trialed extensively with Nick Thompson during his 2015 and 2016 World Championship winning campaigns. It not only takes a few grams out of the weight of the tiller it has the added advantage of reducing the height of the tiller where the traveller crosses. This provides an opportunity for even more leach tension and power in the mainsail.
Our NiteStick tiller extensions are some of the most robust in the market. Using high strength carbon fibre and kevlar fibre provides a unique combination of strength, stiffness and high impact performance.
- Super Grip along whole length of extension - inherent from the manufacturing process and what's more the grip gets better when wet!
- Choice of end bung from a large rubber stopper knob or a small plastic end cap.
- Large Stopper Knob - on hiking boats this stopper knob really helps you on that crash tack or gybe when you're in danger of the extension slipping out of your grasp. Fitted as standard on extensions up to 1.7m in length
- White Plastic Cap - super lightweight cap minimises the inertia when sailing high speed skiffs and cats. Fitted on extensions of 1.8m or more.
- Choice of Universal Joints. Three different joints are offered (see shop) but we recommend the cord reinforced UJ as all rubber joints fatigue and crack. Even if this happens while on the water these UJs will always get you home safely even when the polymeric connector has cracked. They're not cheap but they do have a long life.
- Bolted Universal Joints for ease of UJ replacement.
Even the best single hander trapeze helms can struggle in a quick-fire tack to control the tiller and mainsheet while hooking on the trapeze in one sweet movement.
- Easy to grab given length of tube
- Long for singlehanders; short for double handers
- Superb grip
- Adjuster rope hidden in tube
- Retracting elastic fixed in lower bung; knots hidden away
- Optional 'hand' disc position
NEW ProGraphite Gold Tiller
During 2015 & 2016 several refinements were made to our standard tiller in our quest to give Nick Thompson a slight performance edge - read the story here. These refinements included:
- Use of intermediate modulus carbon fibre to improve the overall stiffness of the tiller
- Bulking up the stock end of the tiller to allow the tiller to be individually tailored to lie as low as possible over the aftdeck-instructions on how to do this can be found on hints and tips page.
- Carbon wear strip replaces the original metal wear plate.