well, actually, space is the issue i have with the tiller. a wheel won't take up the entire cockpit. the tiller, at present, does. i am curious; how does the wheel take up more space?
The wheel is fixed, can't be folded up when done sailing. The wheel separates the cockpit into 1/3 - 2/3 sections.
Certainly while sailing the tiller requires one to move around the cockpit but, unless you're constantly tacking, it should be ok right? Surely shortening your tiller will help here.