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retrofit, tiller --> wheel

Mike and I differ as to the effect of weight aft in the cockpit of the Peterson 34. For cruising, yes, it''s a 34'' boat that weighs about 9 or 10 tons all told, and the effect will be neglibible. Racing, weight placement WILL make a difference. The relatively light-hulled boat is very narrow in the bows - much like a huge Laser, and though the beam is carried aft pretty far, it does taper towards the stern more than many newer designs. This provides less support for additional weight aft, and may be another reason the boat was built (and designed?) with a tiller.
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