Originally Posted by scotty c-m
My wife and I have a Catalina
400. It has two stearing wheels. It handles great, and the entire cockpit
is available both at anchor
and under way. I find myself frequently moving from one wheel
to the other for better visibility, and I can move freely forward (and back) to take care of sail trim or other stuff. Tillers and wheels both have advantages and disadvantages; having used both, I prefer a properly functioning wheel
- it seems more comfortable and less tiring. Like any other gear
, it needs to be properly maintained and inspected regularly. So, whichever suits your fancy, get out there and have a great sail!
Oh yes, our auto pilot (raymarine) has a rudder
angle guage. Very useful.)
On a well balanced 7 ton boat, it doesn't require much effort. Sailing off the wind
in a gale is an exception, but a wheel is tiresome too. I have a wheel, want a tiller. On a boat like mine, it is a matter of preference. The smallish offshore cockpit
, combined with a wheel, makes for cluttered space. Then there's the vane, and the simplicity of a tiller pilot, and combining the two.
For now, I shall try the blonde-hippy-ninja style