Sea sure produced the first Midshipman rope lock over 25 years ago. It has been an essential piece of equipment on many yachts since. The new version maintains the rugged reliability of the original and brings the design fully up to date
New design suitable for any tiller steered yacht or sports boat
Simple mechanism allows tiller to be set and adjusted - indispensable for short-handed sailing
Innovative design incorporates snubber which holds far better course than simply lashing tiller
The device consists of a sheave and lever cam with a toothed slider mounted in a block which is fitted beneath the tiller. The rope is fitted across the after part of the cockpit with a means of keeping it under tension. When locked on to the rope the toothed slider prevents the tiller from moving in either direction.
Releasing the lock by turning the lever to port immediately frees the tiller and allows the rope to ride freely over the sheave for manual steering. In an emergency or when the device is not required, the rope can easily be snapped out of the block by a downward pull, clearing the tiller.