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Almost all ships were steered with tiller or whipstaff until the 1720s, including some very large warships. Many of the Open 60s are steered by four metre tillers as well. Leverage: you can't beat it.
hence the term "Tillerman"

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I simply used a piece of White Electrical tape to show dead ahead... The white tape doesn't look too bad on the black leather wheel... I do want to replace the tape with a turk's head.
I've got a Turk's head above my king spoke, but my wheel does 1 1/2 revolutions until it's hard over. I can't tell if it's centered or over by just glancing at it. I liked the tiller on my old boat for the instant feedback I could get on rudder position - especially in a potential panic situation like entering or leaving a slip under high winds or currents. Unfortunately, my autopilot (wheel pilot) is older and doesn't show rudder position. I looked at adding it, but couldn't justify the expense since I'll only have this boat for another year before trading up.

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This debate can go beyond simply steering the boat however. If a person wants to mount one of the current offerings of Marine Electronics such as chartplotter/radar, etc. at the helm, a tiller steered boat is somewhat limited as to where you can mount such an item. Having electronics at the Nav station doesn't help much when you are sailing shorthanded in fog. The steering pedestal in wheel steering can also be a good place to mount engine controls, drink holders, VHF and other items that seem to get used in the cockpit but rarely have places to put them.
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We have all probably done it, but when you try to streer a compass course looking down at the compass facing the stern and using the wheel in reverse. Now that messes with your mind.
I will tell you what works for me. Just remember you (your boat) is actually turning around the compass card. Also when you turn to the right the numbers get bigger. Works well in aircraft anyway....

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tiller vs wheel

I was on a demo sail for a few hours on the J100. When sailing the boat and sitting on the coaming there wasn't anyplace to put your feet for leverage. I see this as a bit of a design flaw. Sure you could sit in the cockpit but the line of sight is so much better from the coaming. The boat did have lifelines but having your feet resting on top of the cockpit seat didn't give you any leverage, after a while my back was sore.
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