Originally Posted by Curtis
Besides opening up access via the swim platform, I find that it does a good job of keeping guests out of the way and allows me to see whatever I need to see. I can cross the entire aft end of the cockpit
, from rail to rail, and have my hand on the wheel
the whole time.
The whole deal with wheels is the torque issue. If you have a big wheel, you need fewer turns in your steering system. The Corel-style wheels running in pits meant that the helmsman could be on either side of the boat at will.
However, on a cruiser, a piece of real-estate-sized gear
like a nprmal 36" wheel in the middle of the cockpit
blocks access thru the pit like a Corel wheel would, so putting two small wheels in gives you a nice easy passage
, and if you want to be a little "aggressive" on the water
, you can drive from the high side or the low side at will.