The "ancestral" wheel helm was backwards to the "car" type of today.
Is this what you mean?
Also, without referencing that thread, I have to say that for sailing purposes, I much prefer a tiller up to 40 feet. It also makes the use of a windvane
easier, gets the weight of the helmsman out of the stern, enabling easier line handling and getting on and off the dock
(because you aren't blocked by a big wheel) and is much simpler mechanically and in terms of "feel".
After 40 feet the leverage becomes harder to master for smaller people.
On our 41 footer, we have two hydraulic wheel helms (pilothouse and deck) plus the ability to steer by tiller using a bypass of the hydraulics, which is how we rig the windvane
Ironically, I think, you will hear the argument that "tillers take up too much space", but I find in many boats, when one is entertaining at dock
, the ability to put the tiller vertical actually frees up the entirety of the cockpit
: I can hoist six people in my 33 footer's cockpit
with a simple pine plank as a "table" for nibblies and little lifeline holders for drinks. I "clean up" with a hose.
Your mileage may vary, but I've had both wheels and tillers, and I prefer tillers in every application with the exception of actively steered motoring.
I don't actually do a lot of that, and when the alternator's pumping out amps is when I bust out my ancient, still-functional Autohelm
tiller pilot. Works for us!