The Ultimate Carbon Tiller for Laser / ILCA
Take your Laser sailing to the next level with carbon tillers and extensions from Rooster Sailing. The Rooster Carbon Tiller is made from high quality carbon fiber with a stainless plate and cleat for downhaul. It is the go to choice for Laser sailors around the world. Pair with a Rooster Carbon Extension (see related products) for the ultimate set up.
- The strongest tiller on the market utilizing space age technology.
- Manufactured on a mandrill with pre-preg materials to produce the most consolidated carbon fibres ever!
- Each tiller is wound with 45 degree twill to improve the tillers hoop strength and make it bash and crush resistant.
- Fitted with a stainless steel plate to prevent traveller wear.
- Aluminum cleat allows easy and efficient use of a rudder pull down rope
There are TWO tiller type/styles available, either the standard profile or the low profile style.
The Standard type tiller is for the Laser hulls built in the UK and Europe by Performance Sailcraft Europe from 1969 to March 2019, as well as all Vanguard and Laser Performance boats. This is the most common option for legacy boats in the US built prior to 2019.
Low Profile type tiller is for the Australian built Lasers, the ILCA Ovington boat (UK March 2019 onwards) and the Devoti ILCA (EU) builders.
Please select the model of tiller required from the above drop down menu.
From Rooster Sailing:
The Laser tiller is the one piece of equipment that Laser Sailors are prepared to spend their money on. But why?
The big problem for Laser Sailors is; to get the maximum power out of the rig in medium winds, they need to get maximum leach tension on the sail. This is achieved by using the mainsheet to tension the leach alone. Kicker tension simply reduces the leach tension as the boom is also a pusher into the mast (bending it) as well as a 'puller down'.
So the obvious answer is to use the mainsheet. However, in marginal hiking conditions the mainsheet keeps pulling the boom into the middle of the boat, due to its action from the ratchet block and the traveller system which encourages the boom into the centre of the boat (the natural highest place). Some sailors find it easier to just use kicker to keep the boom on the corner, but unfortunately they loose pointing ability and speed due to the lack of leach tension. In an ideal world the traveler should be higher at the edges, thus allowing the boom to want to stay outboard. Unfortunately the Laser tiller gets in the way. The higher the tiller, the higher the traveller in the middle. So that is why top Laser sailors spend amounts of money on a carbon tiller so that it can be as low as possible and still stiff enough not to bang on the traveler cleat.