Originally Posted by downeast450
All of that!
Do you sail a boat that you can feel hunting for the "sweet spot"? Our small catboat, in 10 knots, beating, seems to "hunt" for the wind threads and push its nose into the slots. The tiller keeps me informed. I get to play on the "big boat", too, but its spade rudder and wheel take away the immediate feedback a barn door on a tiller provides. You can close your eyes and follow the wind.
On my last sail my crew in training said; "I'm watching your hand on the tiller (he actually said rudder) and I see you are barely moving it."
The point is you can get that feel without a barn door rudder when the boat is balanced and that is the feel I think Smack is talking about.
I agree with the wheel part.