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Old 16-07-2007, 14:33   #1
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Lewmar Folding Steering Wheels

Has anyone bought & installed one? If so, how big is the remaining upper & lower (more important) piece that remains?
or seriously considered and changed your mind? If so, why.
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Old 16-07-2007, 15:41   #2
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Expensive toy, seen a couple but can't think why one would want one. Beneteau has a better idea where the whole wheel swings sideways, right out of the way. Apparently you can still steer in this configuration.
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I've chartered a beneteau with that swing wheel...........it works but cuts off the side you move it to..........expensive - yeah, I looked at the list price just before I posted the thread.
Why - provide much easier cockpit access on both sides when at anchor or stern to at dock?
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I just take my 54" wheel off with the spin of a hand nut and hang up out of the way. If I need to put it back on it takes me 15 seconds. I've timed my self in case of an emergancy.................._/)


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Big D: Yup that's the #1 solution...........but was curious on Lewmar since I've seen advertised but never on a boat.
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Lewmar Folding Wheel

We installed one last year and like it. Got a "deal" on it at the boat show. Comes with a leather wrap and, if I recall correctly, takes 8-10" off the radius of the wheel. In our T cockpit, that is just enough to open up the aft corners making access to the grille and aft seats much easier. It works in our configuration but I its certainly not worthwhile for everyone.
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Like Delmarrey, I like to remove the wheel when at anchor, but an alternative to having your rail-mounted wheel stolen or have to lock it to the stern pulpit with an expensive mount is to have an emergency 'tiller-wheel'.

I took a salvaged SS 'Destroyer' wheel and cut all the spokes off at the hub except one. That one spoke was cut so that there is a T-handle.

You now have a neat one-spoke 'wheel/tiller' that stays in a mid-ship position so it doesn't take up any c'pit space, and is always at the ready just in case of emergency in the anchorage.

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WAJ - Thanks for reply..........sounds like the deal has worked great.

K- Interesting idea . solution
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Thumbs up Not a bad idea.

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Originally Posted by Kuapa'a
Like Delmarrey, I like to remove the wheel when at anchor, but an alternative to having your rail-mounted wheel stolen or have to lock it to the stern pulpit with an expensive mount is to have an emergency 'tiller-wheel'.

I took a salvaged SS 'Destroyer' wheel and cut all the spokes off at the hub except one. That one spoke was cut so that there is a T-handle.

You now have a neat one-spoke 'wheel/tiller' that stays in a mid-ship position so it doesn't take up any c'pit space, and is always at the ready just in case of emergency in the anchorage.

John
I'm thinking of just building a hub to fit the tapered shaft with a square hole off set and then just use a winch handle to lock in and turn it. With hyd. steering that works out great. The hub can be stored away neatly in a small place and the winch handle can go in it's boot..............._/)
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Like Delmarrey, I like to remove the wheel when at anchor, but an alternative to having your rail-mounted wheel stolen or have to lock it to the stern pulpit with an expensive mount is to have an emergency 'tiller-wheel'.

I took a salvaged SS 'Destroyer' wheel and cut all the spokes off at the hub except one. That one spoke was cut so that there is a T-handle.

You now have a neat one-spoke 'wheel/tiller' that stays in a mid-ship position so it doesn't take up any c'pit space, and is always at the ready just in case of emergency in the anchorage.

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I'm thinking of just building a hub to fit the tapered shaft with a square hole off set and then just use a winch handle to lock in and turn it. With hyd. steering that works out great. The hub can be stored away neatly in a small place and the winch handle can go in it's boot..............._/)
Excellent Ideas.
Another idea might be to have a couple of spokes (length and angle tbd) off a hub and on the outboard end of the spokes have a 90 degree 3 or 4 inch tube coming off each spoke. You would then still have a means of steering in an emergency at anchor and could also make a small table that could interlock into the tubes. You would have to lock your wheel in order to use the table of course.

There is a more recent thread talking about folding wheels also.
Folding Helms Wheel

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