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post #81 of Old 02-02-2014
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Re: why so long?

Originally Posted by captain jack View Post
it had been suggested. i wasn't planning on it, though. too many components to go wrong. as i mentioned, deck access would be an issue. but the biggest thing is that, as the original suggestion noted, the wheels would be small; requiring a lot of gear reduction. really big gears on back of the wheels and small grear at the rudder. and it would, most definately, be overkill, here.

besides, i don't want to stand and steer. and it wouldn't be comfortable to sit and steer with that set up.

but the whole thing of far (a) forward wheel(s) got brought up twice so i figured it wouldn't hurt to address it.

i am going to try to shorten the tiller and stick with that. but i have a plan for if i decide i want to go a wheel. it's a plan that won't cost me a fortune and one that i can fabricate, myself.
Actually, instead of mechanical linkages, I was thinking of a block and tackle system with multi-part purchase to gain mechanical advantage.....

DANG! --- we really could use a tongue-in-cheek smilie ---
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