Re: why so long?
ok. i was down at the boat this weekend, working, and i did some experimenting. i think that a tiller will be best, all things considered. if i sjorten my 51" tiller by a foot and change the shape so it is higher, sooner, it will work just fine. for one thing, the storage compartment is right where a wheel would be. that means the wheel would have to be small enough, in diameter, to not overhang the benches. but, also, with the tiller, i can see how it would be easier to single hand. so, that's my plan unless i find the tiller to just be a real PIA after a year of sailing.
this thread has been a really good exercise in creative thinking. if i ever do go for a wheel, on any future boat, i have all kinds of good ideas as to how to build one, myself, and save a lot of money doing it. thanks for all the ideas and input, guys.
The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do and what a man can't do.---Captain Jack Sparrow
1971 Cal 27
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