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Kevin,

The system that I described has a drum on the same shaft as the wheel itself. There is a tiller with a line leading perpendicular to the beam on each side. The lines go through a turning block or two then have about 8 turns around the drum starting in opposite directions. In truth, it is really a single continuous line. If you want to see a few boats with this setup, you can look at the pinky schooner Summertime, the Charles Morgan, USS Constitution, etc.

A quick google image search turns up the following:

Matt at the wheel of Old Ironsides, Boston | lmnopGregory

Whaler Charles Morgan - Wheel | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

I hope that this helps.
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thanks a lot for your reply. i thought it was probably one continuous line. i was just wondering what kept the line from getting screwed up on the drum. i guess it just works its way over as you turn the wheel. i think i'll give it a shot. thanks again.
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Well.... this is way undersized and crude but maybe it might add a little food for thought. This was my first 'sailboat' that I made from a 14' wood and canvas canoe with a sail kit some 25 years ago. And then I just modified and modified..... I built in a 'Tiller Tamer' for the steering wheel lock. There was no tiller but a 'yoke' on top of the rudder that the lines attached to......



....... then I started 'buying' the next 6 sailboats..... sometimes I wonder.....
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wow! that's cool. i think i pretty much got it figured out how to approach this. can't wait to get home and start work on it, along with finishing my radar install, installing my new oven, moving the controls, installing a antenna for the AIS, blah, blah, blah. the list just keeps growing.
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