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post #23 of Old 07-04-2013
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Re: From Dinghy Sailor to Cruising

Originally Posted by bljones View Post
Very nice.
This is going to sound very, very basic, but...
Remember that the wheel works OPPOSITE of a tiller.

It's the first thing tiller sailors discover when they take the helm on our boat, and it can be a little disconcerting in tight quarters.
I hear that all the time and can not even come close to understanding this. I have only owned tiller boats and sometimes have sailed wheel boats but after driving a car all the time the wheel only seems natural. I guess I might understand wheel boaters messing up on the tiller but not the other way around. I mean, turning the wheel right when you want to make a left is just crazy talk.
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