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Old 18-06-2015, 06:46   #151
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Re: wheel vs. tiller steering

Well they could've install the wheel sideways. That would be interesting
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Old 18-06-2015, 07:44   #152
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Re: wheel vs. tiller steering

You mean like this guy who installed his tiller sideways?
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Old 18-06-2015, 09:07   #153
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Re: wheel vs. tiller steering

Interesting, Del. But I was thinking the wheel, like this

\ || /
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where || is the wheel

Interesting also is a sideways tiller

\ ==o/
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where ==o is the tiller.
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Old 18-06-2015, 11:23   #154
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Re: wheel vs. tiller steering

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You mean like this guy who installed his tiller sideways?
The "EVS system" sketched in the attachment could not possibly work unless the gear attached to the rudder post were a quadrant of sorts arranged coaxially with the post (such quadrant being just a section of a bevel gear), not a perpendicularly mounted bevel gear as shown.

And if the former is the case, the system is mechanically no different from the very successful rack and pinion quadrant wheel system I installed to replace the tiller on my little catboat.

Works like a charm; provides all the feedback of a tiller with better ergonomics.
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Old 18-06-2015, 11:52   #155
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Re: wheel vs. tiller steering

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Interesting also is a sideways tiller

\ ==o/
______

where ==o is the tiller.
A steerboard has tiller sideways..
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Old 03-08-2015, 18:07   #156
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Re: wheel vs. tiller steering

I've got an Alberg 35 and steer with a tiller and an Auto helm 2000. I've also got a pedestal guard mounted to the bridge deck which is a pretty good place to steady oneself at the tiller. There's room for an hydraulic pump to be mounted on the guard with a line run back to a ram connected to the tiller 18"forward the rudderstock let into the cockpit locker. The pump has a bypass valve. Windvane, tiller, tiller pilot or wheel; best of all worlds..the hydraulic components will be around a grand.
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Old 03-08-2015, 22:52   #157
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Re: wheel vs. tiller steering

Crazy Fish is a Crealock 37 which I bought new with a wheel in 1989.
Converted the boat to tiller about 2 years ago.

Benefits of tiller
  • Better feel
  • When driving the boat, sit/stand further ahead in the cockpit which provides better access to sheet winches, traveler mounted mid-boom and control lines which are run back to cockpit (halyard, reef lines, staysail sheets, etc). Also better protected from weather.
  • Can keep the tiller between the legs and free both hands to work lines, winches, etc.
  • Cleaner attachment/adjustment for Monitor Windvane lines
  • With tiller extension, can sit outboard for better sight lines
  • At anchor or at the dock, the cockpit is more open, cockpit lockers more accessible.
  • Simpler then wheel steering with the gears, cables, etc.

Cons of tiller
  • When cockpit is full of quests, it is more difficult to steer/tack then with a wheel
Benefit of wheel
  • Pedestal provides a good place to mount a cockpit table, drink holders, etc.
  • Pedestal provides a good place to mount compass (not mounted on the cabin bulkhead at the forward end of the cockpit.
  • Good place to mount instruments but crew forward of the pedestal can't observe them - instruments now mounted over the cabin hatch just aft of traveler.
  • People new to the boat probably adapt to wheel steering quicker/easier then the tiller
Cons of wheel
  • Occupies a lot of cockpit space and breaks up the cockpit.
  • More complex
  • When driving the boat sit/stand further aft more exposed to weather

Autopilot is WH (Will Ham) hydraulic ram with an electric motor driving a hydraulic pump. Ram is attached to the Edson tiller post all below decks. Works equally well with wheel or tiller.

I am happy I made the change.
Your viewpoint may differ

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Crazy Fish - Maintaining, Upgrading and Sailing a Crealock 37 | SV Crazy Fish
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