rudder and tiller

A rudder on a boat is a flat piece of wood or other material attached to the boat’s stern (back end). It is positioned vertically in the water and is moved to the left or right in order to steer the boat through the water.

A tiller is used instead of a steering wheel on small boats; the tiller is a stick or pole attached directly to the top of the rudder so that the helmsman can turn the rudder easily.

So, the tiller is the stick that controls the rudder.

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