Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Wilson, NY
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I have had a tiller for over 25 years and finally got a boat with a wheel last year. I like the wheel better. True, a tiller gives you a better feel and if you race, that would be an advantage. For cruising, which is what I do, I think the wheel offers more advantages. The tiller takes up a lot of room in the cockpit when underway - add an auto pilot and it is another thing to get in the way. If you are steering manually, I find my neck gets stiff after a long time on the tiller. You sit facing midship and have to turn your head looking forward - that gets to me after a long stint at the helm. On a wheel you don't have that problem.
I have found adjusting to the wheel no problem, except when sailing wing and wing. On that tack, with a tiller, one justs points the tiller at the offending sail to correct, while one must correct opposite the offending sail with a wheel.