Ironwood Pacific Helmsmate Outboard Tiller Extension Handles come in 5 sizes
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Sit away from your trolling motor while maintaining full steering and throttle control. Five models ranging in length from 18" - 51". One model includes a universal joint for easy push pull steering. Made in USA. Lifetime Warranty.

HelmsMate Tiller Extension Handle Features

  • Clamps directly to your tiller handle for steering and throttle control
  • Fits electric or gas trolling motors 15 HP and under
  • Universal joint model allows for easy push/pull steering 
  • Five fixed and extendable models ranging from 18" - 51"
  • Rugged aluminum tubes, super tough nylon clamp, and corrosion resistant fittings are designed to last
  • Made in USA. Lifetime warranty.
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    HelmsMate Tiller Extensions

    Sit forward of your motor while trolling for better balance and trim.  Clamps to your tiller handle for steering and throttle control.  Five models available ranging from our extendable U-joint model to our 18" fixed model.  Designed to fit almost all gas and electric trolling motors.

    Key Features of the HelmsMate Tiller Extensions

    • Control speed and direction on twist throttle gas or electric trolling motors
    • Designed for trolling speeds only with clear access to your motor's shut off button
    • Easy to install, slide clamp over your tiller handle and tighten thumb screws
    • Super tough nylon clamp adjusts to fit most motors 15 HP and below, up to 1 3/4" in diameter
    • Stainless snap button on extendable models locks into place to prevent slippage 
    • Anodized aluminum shaft with stainless steel hardware
    • Five models ranging in length from 18” to 51”
    • Universal joint (U-Joint) model offers easy push pull steering for offset seating
    • Lifetime Warranty 
    • Made in the USA

    HelmsMate Model Comparison

    HelmsMate Model
    Model Description
    HelmsMate T 18" Fixed Length
    HelmsMate TE 18" to 24" Extendable
    HelmsMate B 30" Fixed Length
    HelmsMate S 36" to 51" Extendable
    HelmsMate U w/ Universal Joint 37" to 52" Extendable

    HelmsMate Tiller Extension Handle Resources

    HelmsMate is an outboard and trolling motor extension handle that is designed to attach to your existing tiller giving you the extra reach you need to steer from the best seat in the boat while still maintaining precision steering and throttle control. These articles will answer questions you may have about installing and using a HelsmMate outboard and trolling motor extension handle.

    Q. How do I attach the HelmsMate to my tiller?
    Loosen the thumb screws and place clamp over tiller handle. The rubber sizing sleeve may or may not be required depending on the size of your handle. Refer to our installation instructions for additional information.

    Q. What is the Warranty of the HelmsMate?
    The HelmsMate has a lifetime limited warranty against defects in materials and workmanship under normal use for the life of the product.

    Q. What size engines will the HelmsMate work with?
    The HelmsMate will fit all trolling and outboard motors up to 15 horsepower.

    Q. How do I adjust an adjustable HelmsMate Extension Handle?
    Adjustable models utilize a stainless steel positive lock button that fits into one of several holes in the handle. To adjust, simply depress the button and adjust the length of the handle by sliding the inner and outer tubes. Align the button with the hole closest to the new length and allow the spring loaded button to snap into the locked position again.

    We believe the positive lock adjustment is superior to twist-lock type adjustments available in competitive models. From a safety and control standpoint, having a positive lock that can’t be disengaged by twisting the handle makes a lot more sense on twist throttle outboards and trolling motors.

    Q. How does the U-Joint model work?
    The HelmsMate U-Joint allows a push-pull steering action. As outboard extension handles get longer, they become more difficult to steer. To use the push-pull action, pull the handle towards the front of the boat to straighten your motor. To turn, just tilt your wrist towards the port or starboard side of the boat and push the handle backwards towards the stern of the boat. Because of the unique U-joint, you maintain the ability to control your shifting and acceleration by simply twisting the handle like you would the actual tiller. Take a few moments and try it while the boat is stationary and you’ll quickly get the hang of it.

    The U-joint model also has a lock-out sleeve that will lock the joint in the straight position and the handle can then be used like any of the non U-joint models.

    Q. Do I have access to my engine’s kill switch?
    Yes, there is a opening in the clamp that will allow you to attach the HelmsMate while maintaining access to your motor’s kill switch.

    Q. What are the Helmsmates made from?
    The HelmsMate is constructed of anodized aluminum tubing, a rubber handle and a supertough marine grade nylon clamp.

    1. Remove from packaging.
    2. Loosen thumb screws on clamp.
    3. Slide the HelmsMate over the tiller handle of your outboard or trolling motor then tighten the clamp screw. In most cases the HelmsMate it will fit correctly with the inner rubber sleeve in place. If you have a thicker tiller, remove the inner rubber sleeve. If necessary, physically pull the clamp open wider. The nylon clamp will stretch open but will not break. If you have a thinner tiller handle, please contact Ironwood Pacific for a free second sleeve that will allow you to get a good fit.
    4. Make sure you have clear access to the kill switch.
    5. For adjustable models, adjust to desired length by depressing and disengaging the stainless locking button. slide the handle to the desired length then re-engage the locking button by lining it up with one of the adjustment holes. The handle can be adjusted in 3" increments.

    Practice using the HelmsMate to master steering and throttle control on calm water.

    Never install or adjust your HelmsMate with the motor running. Always be sure motor is OFF first.

    The HelmsMate Outboard Tiller Extension Handle is designed for trolling speeds only.

    If you have additional questions, would like additional information on Helmsmate extension handles, or need help selecting the best product for your boat, please contact us. We will be glad to help!

    Shipping Information

    We offer free shipping on all orders within the Continental United States. Items purchased through the Ironwood Pacific website are typically processed and ready for shipment within 1-2 business days. During the summer months (or right before a holiday) this could change to 3-4 processing days. Please call to confirm current lead times before placing your order.

    For orders within the lower 48 states, we ship with either FedEx or USPS ground. Please call for available express options and applicable shipping charges. There is no sales tax in Oregon, so we do not charge sales tax on U.S. orders, regardless of your destination.

    For shipments to destinations outside the continental United States, we will be happy to provide you with a quote. Please complete our Shipping Quote Request form.

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    4.88 stars, based on 25 reviews . |
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    Tiler extension

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    Great extension that is good for what was intended for -REACH FOR YOUR STEERING IN CASE IT IS NOT LONG ENOUGH!!!!

    Long Beach

    Doesn't fit all models!!!

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    Ironwood's description says this extension fits all models under 15 HP. Not so!!! I have a Johnson 9.9 (J10RCCD).
    Response from Ironwood Pacific: The HelmsMate will fit the Johnson 9.9. Simply pull open plastic tiller clamp and slide it on. The clamp is molded from super tough nylon and will not break, and is flexible enough to pull open, slide on and tighten on the Johnson and similar motors.

    Works Great!

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    The extension handle we ordered works great. Glad we were able to find something to work with our motor.

    CNY Rivers

    Great Tiller extension

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    This work perfect and is easily adjusted depending on which boat I'm using.

    USA

    Great product.

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    Purchased the adjustable one for the motor on my RIB, works great. 👍