As a Westsail 32 owner, I've been using a tiller on an enormous unbalanced rudder for steering a 20,000 lb boat with bad weather helm. On the one hand, I really like the feel and the responsiveness, not to mention being able to move around the cockpit
without climbing over things. When i get on a wheeled boat, I feel quite restricted, especially if the sheet winches are out of reach. On the other hand, manually steering to windward in a blow can be exhausting, owing to the unbalanced rudder. Fortunately, the windvane
is usually taking care of that. I have a track on the underside of the tiller so I can adjust the leverage the vane has - longer for windward, shorter for downwind.
I can't figure out the point of those giant wheels plopped right in the middle of the cockpit. The older boats, including my old 1935 ketch
, with them mounted behind the cockpit, made much more sense.