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Old 08-26-2003
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wheel/binnacle

I have a Merriman wheel any body can have.
I took it off my Capri 30 the first week I owned it. That boat did not deserve to be burdened with a wheel. The time it took to get the wheel off was determined by the time it took me to make a template from the tiller on another boat, find a piece of ash, and whittle out a brand new tiller.
I could not imagine sitting on the transom, and being trapped there by that wheel. I did not even want to think about being out in the middle of Lake Michigan with a fresh breeze and the resulting waves, and having to steer the boat with an emergency tiller of something just over a foot long, for hours, when something in the wheel system let go.

The Boat Came Alive When I Put The Tiller On.

My e-mail above is wrong -- Sailnet won''t except the right one.

Walt Ward --- Boyne City, Mich.
waltw@twin-valley.net
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