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post #2 of Old 10-04-2006
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JenwebFantastic that you are not letting your son's and your family's situation get in the way of persuing this wonderful pastime. Kudos to you all for that.Without direct experience on either of those boats I'll let others contribute there, but one question you asked was regarding wheel size.Many older boats and boats that were retro-fitted with wheels have smaller diameter wheels because the cockpits were not designed to accomodate them. Newer designs have T shaped cockpits to make room for a larger wheel.The smaller wheels do have a bit of a disadvantage as far as the helmsperson's visibility forward while seated. A larger wheel allows the driver to sit further outboard, with better sightlines, and still comfortably reach the rim of the wheel. Straining to reach a small wheel and still see waves and watch for debris will cause straining and discomfort on even a relatively short leg.Our last boat had a 60" wheel and had terrific driving positions (not to mention looking real cool - though the broker called it an "Ego wheel"!) Our current boat has a 32" wheel in a fairly narrow cockpit, so it's reachable but nowhere near as comfortable as the last boat.So check how well you can see forward when seated comfortably at the wheel to give you an idea of how important it may be, keeping in mind you will spend a lot of time at that position!Good Luck
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