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Old 01-03-2015, 22:01   #16
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Re: Which steering system is best?

Roverhi nailed it!

Fatigue is a HUGE problem for me behind the wheel in any kind of swell. Why would anyone want to stand up in large seas? Yet you may need to hand steer if the auto pilot gets overwhelmed

I have never owned rack and pinion, but I would not recommend mechanical cable steering. Dissimilar metals cause differential corrosion and failure on the "pulleys" and the cables snap and the most inopportune times, like just after you drop the mooring; and they can be a pain to re-thread, plus you need to carry lots of spares and the overall system has too much play in it for my taste.

My tiller system on my 37 footer has never given me the smallest issue. To be fair. it is the heaviest built tiller set up I have ever come across.

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Old 02-03-2015, 07:07   #17
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Re: Which steering system is best?

For tiller systems, the rudder post location is going to determine where the pilot needs to sit (or stand), while with wheel systems, the steering control can be moved to suite the layout better, such as under the dodger, or for pilot house, inside the cabin.

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