Gorgeous boat J. Clark! I love the wheel! In fact I have recently installed a wheel
on TELEIA. Building the box to house the worm gear
I know damn well I do not need to convert my boat from tiller to wheel. The tiller works fine, and is gorgeous. There is nothing wrong with it. I have a hundred other things that need to be fixed. But! I was able to acquire a $5000 edson
worm steering gear
for a day's work, and once I had the gear, I started looking at wheels. Wasn't long before ebay presented the PERFECT wheel for TELEIA. 31" Brown Bros. bronze
wheel. It was missing the handle and hub cover. The price
was right (though the shipping
Some notes about converting to wheel steering
: the tiller was fantastic, and I designed the rudderpost flange fitting for the worm gear to bolt to the tiller sleeve base. I can remove the worm gear and replace the tiller quite easily, and having emergency
tiller steering functionality was something I wanted.
Of course the tiller transmits the forces on the rudder
to your fingers much more than the wheel, but the wheel also demands a bit less attention than the tiller. It also takes up less cockpit
space, since the tiller swept the entire cockpit
. I can now sit on the aft seat in the cockpit and drive, and on the leward side you get a great view of both sails
. You can't easily steer with the tiller back there.
Also I finally installed a properly draining shower
pan in the head
, sealed up the leaks
, and installed a grey water
sump that discharges overboard
. Next up are main companion hatch
doors, getting the big compass
repaired and swung, and painting the cockpit.
I'm headed to New England
in 6 weeks. Better get busy!