tiller

A tiller or till is a lever used to steer a vehicle. The mechanism is primarily used in watercraft, where it is attached to a rudder post or stock to provide leverage in the form of torque for the helmsman to turn the rudder. A tiller may also be used in vehicles outside of water, and was seen in early automobiles.
On vessels, a tiller can be used by the helmsman directly pulling or pushing it, but it may also be moved remotely using tiller lines or a ship's wheel. In steering a boat, the tiller is always moved in the direction opposite of which the bow of the boat is to move; this caused confusion with steering orders after hydraulically connected ship's wheels became prevalent. Rapid or excessive movement of the tiller results in an increase in drag and will result in braking or slowing the boat.

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