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Old 06-12-2011, 00:05   #31
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Re: Long Stays at the Helm . . .

Originally Posted by jobi View Post
wich is more comfortable...wheel or tiller when you need to stire 8-12h strait.
How does that work (bean bags) when soaked with salt-water spray?

I'm on autopilot ninety percent of the time.


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Re: Long Stays at the Helm . . .

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I agree with Nick having done 14 hours on the wheel through the teeth of a gale and I am not doing it again. We now have a Raymarine ST2000 which allows trips to the fridge, cooker or loo without worrying about the course. Brilliantly simple devices providing you don't get them wet.

I would rip that wheel out and revert to tiller, then use one of the Raymarine tiller pilots either ST1000 or ST2000 Best $400 you could ever spend.

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Good back support is essential. I did 12 hours delivering a J24. I was wrecked.

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