What will make or break the project
is where the rudderpost is relative to the cockpit
. You will need to extend the rudderpost (tricky to do with adequate strength) and tube to just above the bottom of the cockpit
. Make sure that the cockpit is layed out in a way that there is plenty of room for the tiller to swing at least 45 degrees each way. There is other work
involved like removing the pedestal
and glassing over the hole and making a rudderpost fitting and tiller but those are doable.
If you can, try sailing boats with wheels for a while before making a purchase
. You might find that you like them or you might like the direct connection of a tiller. Keep in mind that a boat
that develops a lot of weather helm
will tend to wear you out if setup with a tiller.
is certainly doable on a lot of boats and it isn't all that expensive but it is a lot of work
that you might get more pleasure out of putting into something else.