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Who makes the folding retrofit wheels?
I know I have seen them advertised and at shows, but I can't remember who makes them. I tried the Edson web page but did not find them there.

I looks like a good idea. It would open up the back of the cockpit while at anchor. We would use it for swimming and also as the BBQ is attached to the stern rail, I am forever squeezing by the current wheel while cooking.(It kinda drives me crazy)
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I believe they're made by Lewmar, not Edson. Try

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Whitlock also carries one that can be found in the West Marine catalog.
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I was going to buy one till I tried out a friends, takes to long to unscrew and store, I opted to just remove the wheel and attach to bimmini frame faster cheaper and MORE conveinent . Just my 2 cents worth
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I prefer my boat's tiller... since it just swings up and out of the way... but my friend has the Lewmar wheel and loves it.
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Thanks for the responses and feedback.
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Thumbs up Edson makes a strange looking wheel

that serves almost the same purpose as the folding one. The wheel is lopsided with either the top or the bottom being MUCH closer to the hub than the opposite side (I said top or bottom because you can mount the wheel either way).

When you are in your slip (or anchored), you simply turn the short side up 1/4 turn, and you can easily pass by the non folded wheel. The clearance seemed to be about that of the folding Lewmar wheel, and it didn't have any sharp pieces of metal sticking out into the passage.

Apparently, another advantage to this wheel is that you can reach your engine controls (or your RAM Mic) without having to reach through the wheel to do so.

I saw this wheel at Strictly Sail last winter, and the dealers were answering more questions about the wheel than they were about the boats.

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I did see that on their web page, kind of courious looking.
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I saw the video of their "access wheel" some time ago on Edson's website, but I'm not sure how I'd like it . . . if I needed it. The access problem is not relevent with my boat's side access doors to the pilothouse and aft deck helm.

It is an interesting solution though.

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Of course, the only problem with the edson wheel is the difference in leverage you get based on where on the wheel you are. On some larger boats, that could be an issue in heavy weather. The Lewmar wheel, and the Whitlock AFAIK, will give you full leverage on the rudder.
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