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post #2 of Old 06-30-2012
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Re: Tiller conversion to wheel

The cost will be in the 1 - 2 thousand range. More if you have someone else do it for you.

Cons - you will lose much of the feedback that a tiller and rudder give you.
You will be adding a pedestal to mount a wheel and will lose some cockpit space.
More complicated mechanism that is prone to fatigue or failure.
A good wheel pilot costs a lot more then a serviceable tiller pilot.

Pros - wheel steering. Not really a benefit in my mind.

At 30' your boat is just on the cusp of where it starts to make sense to have a wheel.
If you can't tell, I am a tiller kind of guy.

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