I like tillers and they have many advantages, but one of the disadvantages I found is that on really bad weather you can not "hold" on to a tiller. That is specially a problem in modern boats that have large transoms. When the boat is bouncing around in waves, up and down with some lateral jerks, I find some support on the wheel (and its pedestal), that I can not find in a tiller boat.
Racing boats have solved this with some metal supports for the feet that unfortunately you don't have on cruising boats.
Last edited by PCP; 11-02-2010 at 06:10 AM.