Originally Posted by a64pilot
As a kid I used to drive fork lifts, we always had a knob on the steering wheel
so that you could rapidly spin it. I assume this is what Jim is calling a "neckers knob"
They really worked well, you could spin a steering wheel
much faster with that knob.
I'd at least give it a try, but if what you have works fine for you, who cares about what others think?
Here is one made for boats, out of 316 SS, for $12.
It's called a suicide knob, from when they had them on cars and it led to all sorts of mayhem.
There are lots of nice ones available for boat
, but most of them are intended for the smaller destroyer wheels on power boats, and go on the outside rim. I put one on my Parker CC years ago and loved it. On a larger wheel you'd want to put it on one of the spokes, probably half the radius or whatever is easily "spinnable" given the size and location of the wheel.
is 3 turns lock to lock, which is great for sailing, giving a nice feel. It's a little bit of a pain when docking
In general, the larger the wheel the less turns you want/need lock to lock. I've been on race
boats with @ five foot wheels that are less than one turn lock to lock.
I think it really comes down to "how it feels to you" vs. someone coming on your boat and saying "it's too many turns". If you find yourself frantically spinning the wheel during certain maneuvers, wishing the it would get over already, then it's probably time to change it.