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Old 13-01-2010, 14:56   #1
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Folding Helms Wheel

I have seen these Lewmar folding steering wheels at the boat shows and they make sense, for making room in the cockpit while at anchor, but I dont know anyone that owns one.........is there a reason for this, they look like there well built.
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Seen plenty of them around but never used one. Guess must be good stuff, why not. But is it not easier and cheaper just to take off the wheel?

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In a narrow cockpit they can improve mobility at anchor. They would also permit a larger diameter wheel than you might otherwise install.
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We have an oversize Lewmar on Mystique - they are solid quality and very function. There are two twisting locks on opposite spokes you loosen to fold the wheel in and out. By folding them in you create additional room to maneuver around the helm.
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I have had a folding wheel for about 5 years now. Besides making more room at the helmsman station, it also gives those entering via the transom ladder something to grab on to instead of worrying about taking a header like they did with the wheel removed. Very sturdy; took it to Mexico and through a couple of (unintentional) gales. Has gotten a bit more pricey, though.
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We have one on our boat and specifically ordered it in lieu of standard. So far, two of our friends have switched out their wheels for the Lewmar folding ones. Top quality and very functional...Would not have the wheel any other way. Can find them usually on closeout at the Annapolis Boat Show from Defender for less $$$.
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Lewmar Folding Wheel

Had the 42 inch on my Ohlson 41 for 5 years now. Love it. Strong and practical. Very satisfied. Highly recommend. I have no affiliation with Lewmar; just extremely happy with this product.
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hey........I guess i am in with the wrong people or maybe I should upgrade

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But is it not easier and cheaper just to take off the wheel?

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Thanks for saying that out loud!

I received an email recently where these were on sale (still not cheap) and almost had myself convinced that I NEEDED one .
Then I did a search to find out what others thought of them and found this and one other thread talking about them.
Very cool but I've decided that I don't NEED it.
The other thread has some interesting ideas.
Lewmar Folding Steering Wheels

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