Originally Posted by s/v Beth
Fstik, I made my wheel adapter with 20 dollars worth of welding, a bike rim and some special knots. My commercial captain
friend who recently passaged with me says it works as well as his from monitor.
Interesting! Have you rigged some quick release method so that you can disengage the vane quickly from the helm
? The stock adapter has two mated rims, one affixed to the wheel spokes and the other that carries the line, with a pin that locks the outer to the inner.
While the much greater diameter gives you more torque (and I've never seen the stock adapter struggle in that respect), it also makes for a less responsive set-up, as the stock adapter will turn the wheel faster.
I suppose if you wanted faster response you could find a kids
tricycle wheel, that's about the right size!