I'm in a Catalina22, eyeing boats in the 24-26 ft range. (You know, jumping from a 2400 lb boat to 5000 lbs.) We're on a reservoir, here in Colorado, but maybe to take with us when we move back to near the sea. This is all part of a plan to ramp up slowly (teaching myself), cruise, and live aboard.
The wheel - yes, that seems like what real boats have, right? The S2 26ft (8.0, '78-'83) has my eye these days; many don't have wheels, and I've been wondering about that - adding one. So thanks for this post, Islander11
But, I also keep thinking about Lyn and Larry Pardey -- you know, the high priests of really doing it
There he is... with a tiller in his hand? No wheel?!?
- so you're saying Larry isn't just crazy after all these years? :-)
I also just got a Tiller Tamer
. Haven't mounted it yet, but it will surely work better than my dock line method.
Do you "Tiller People" go the extra mile, and get things like those piston-like auto-pilots and such things?
I do miss feeling the wind in the sails - really feeling it - the way I could in my Coronado 15 with it's centerboard and 360 lbs total weight. The tiller and tiller extension were like dental tools (compared to my C22, now). I can really see what you guys are talking about with wanting to maintain that sense of it.