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Location: Slidell, Louisiana
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Re: Retrofitting Tiller to Wheel Steering
So the wheel bore is actually 1.5", not 2"? That would make bushing it down to fit your existing shaft easy, but you still couldn't install it without dropping the rudder.
The actual wheel bore looks to be 1.75". The ID of the donor shaft is 1.5". It splits in half with the removal of bolts. The bushing will have to be a split bushing also - no need to remove the rudder shaft. I'll post pictures as I make progress. First step is to clean up the messy wheel and remove the bolts that hold it together. The wheel is actually "dished" and may fit upside without hitting anything but it will be close. I plan to do a test fit this weekend. The wheel will be installed on the rudder shaft below before I make any decisions on where to install the pedestal. I can still sail with the tiller if a wheel is attached below to the shaft.