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post #7 of Old 05-19-2003
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Steering Pedestal

I am not sure how big a boat you have, but I find a tiller, especially when combined with a tiller extension works much better for single-handing. It allows you to move about the cockpit much more easily and to put your body where you are most comfortable seeing and trimming sails. When you centralize your instruments on the binacle you are forced to remain behind the wheel to see the gauges. It is much better to mount them on the aft end of the house or over the comanionway so that you can see them from more places within the cockpit and are not confined behind the wheel. Using a tiller extension you can steer standing up if that gives you pleasure and when you get to port you can tilt up the tiller out of the way and have the whole cockpit clear instead of having the wheel and binacle occupying prime real estate. You can add a tiller extension, build a table and add shock cord across the cockpit to hold the tiller and still have $700 to $800 left in the cruising kitty.

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