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post #6 of Old 01-20-2001
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HELP! Where to start?

I really like Mike''s comments. I have sailed for 15 years and have always had tiller steering. Last season I sailed a friends 34 ft C&C with a wheel and REALLY liked it. When I sail steering with a tiller for long periods, especially in rough weather, I tend to get a kink in my neck from sitting facing across the boat and having to turn my head to look forward. With the wheel I could brace myself directly behind the Wheel and look squarely forward. Still had plenty of feel from the wheel to trim the boat properly too. As to roller furling, as Mike stated, all those long distant racers and cruisers can''t be wrong. Just remember, in picking out a boat even if you build a boat from scratch you will never have the perfect boat, there are always trade offs.....good luck
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