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Re: Steering Wheel Conversion Ideas

If you're thinking about a destroyer-type wheel, my 2 is don't do it. A wheel like that on a small boat is just silly. A "forward-facing" sorta wheel, like the old Edson steering mechanisms (see below), is slightly more sensible. However, on a small boat a tiller really is the best way to go. Small boats are inherently "squirrelly", so you need to react quickly AND have the tactile feedback only a tiller can give you. The only reason to switch to a wheel is for the mechanical advantage, which you really shouldn't need in a small boat.

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