I've found that most racers like a tiller, while us lazy cruisers like a wheel. I often find myself laying back with a foot stuck in the spokes of the wheel.
More important to me is the balance of the boat. My boat has it's own little "magic spot" where it will sail itself upwind. I don't even have to lock the wheel. It points up slightly in a puff, and down a bit in a lull. It will even track the wind as it bends around a point. Pretty nice for us lazy guys.
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John USYacht 27 "Cora Lee"