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Re: Going to a smaller wheel?
The other aspect of a larger wheel is the ability to have good sight lines forward when sitting well out towards the rail.. a smaller wheel pulls you into the cockpit where you may not be as able to see jib telltales, waves coming, debris etc.
Nothing looks more ridiculous (IMO) than a large cockpit well and a tiny wheel...
Personally I don't have a big issue with having to step over/around a wheel, and they can all be pulled when not sailing, some have installed pins on the rail to store the wheel off the pedestal. Folding wheels work well but they're expensive beasties...
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