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post #19 of Old 05-08-2013
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Re: changing helm style

Originally Posted by newfiedad View Post
I am not sure if it is possible, or way too costly, but has anyone ever converted an Oday 25 from Tiller steering to a wheel helm?
I had my own boat at one time and sailed for about 2 years in my 22 footer. I have been renting 22-25 footers, so most of my time has spent in a tillered boat. I have recently been renting 30+ footers with wheels and don't really like them. Mostly because I am not very good at them. No feedback from the wheel until the boat was healing pretty hard.

Here is why I like the tiller.

I am not trapped in the back of the boat.
I can steer with my leg.
I can tack the jib myself while steering with my leg.
Feedback on the tiller when in the groove. Pressure on the tiller when the boat heals.

Every time I take out the bigger boat I am uncomfortable with the wheel and do a lot of zigzagging at first but am slowly getting smoother with it. Eventually you will get comfortable with a tiller and then miss it when you step up to a bigger boat, enjoy what you got.

West Wight Potter 14 "Lemon Drop"
Oceanside CA
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