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Pearson 30 Tiller to Wheel Conversion
As a former P30 owner, I totally agree with Jeff_H.
A wheel is not going to an easy retrofit due to the fuel tank directly below the cockpit sole; and, you will need considerable modification of the ''rudder tube''. You will need to change that very simple ''tube'' to a complex stuffing box arrangement.
Consider that a P30 is a *wonderfully balanced* boat usually only requiring slight ''finger-tip'' pressure on that long tiller. With an adjustable (forespar) tiller extension one can sit on the top of the coaming and see precisely the attack angle / luff area of the genoa/jib. In contrast with a wheel and on a beat, to me, its *very* tiring to be ''pushing'' the top of the wheel *away* from yourself to keep a track, ..... than simply ''pulling'' a tiller (extension) slightly towards you to keep a track. Sure the tiller can sometimes ''dominate'' the cockpit, especially when the cockpit is loaded with ''bodies''; but, you can because of the minimal force require on the tiller .... simply LIFT the tiller over those obstructing ''bodies'' when necessary (and you ''can'' swing the tiller 180 degrees when you''re motoring backwards).
With a wheel, you will have to locate it far in front of the traveller - towards the front of the cockpit so that there is sufficient ''body-space'' between the wheel and the traveller ... and then, you are going to probably get ''whipped'' by the mainsheet (now behind you). A P30 due to its narrow footwell in the cockpit will require a ''small'' wheel .... and that will force you to stay inside the cockpit more than sitting up on top of the coaming .... unless you want a sore back from bending over all the time.
Another consideration is the ease and much simpler installation of a linear drive autopilot for a tiller in contrast to a more complex and more expensive wheel pilot.
God, I sorely miss a tiller steered boat with a balanced rudder !!!!! Simple, precise, ultimate feed-back to your hands, tiller extension, etc. <BIG sigh>.