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Skipper Joe 11-15-2010 07:08 AM

Wheel to Tiller Conversion
I know, it seems crazy, but I am a little off. :laugher

1977 Orion S&S 35. Was originally drawn with a tiller. Upon inspection the wheel seems like it was an after thought and not original. There is a deck plate for an emergency tiller. If I do make the change, what type of deck plate should I use to keep the elements out? I have searched and searched online, but coming up with nada.

Skipper Joe 11-17-2010 08:49 AM

anyone? Just wondering what the deck plate is called where the tiller goes into the deck and where I can get one? Is it something I have to make? This pic is an example...

Faster 11-17-2010 08:58 AM

You're going to need some sort of gland fitting to seal around the shaft.. it's odd, though, that if the wheel was added later then the 'emergency tiller' connection should be the original setup still....

Also, depending on what's below decks you may need another upper rudder stock bearing at deck level.. pics of YOUR actual setup would be good!

btw paste the "IMG CODE" link in Photobucket and your pictures show up directly.

CalebD 11-17-2010 11:18 AM

Faster is of course correct. There is usually at least a lower & upper bearing that take the 'slop' out of the rudderstock. Alternatively a flexible stuffing box could be used in place of either bearing. If you have Nigel Caulder's "Boat owners mechanical & electrical manual" there is an entire chapter devoted to steering systems that covers the rudder/tiller set up (with diagrams).
Servicing Your Stuffing Box by Don Casey
WM sells a rather unattractive plate for this. You could probably make your own and have it look better.
SEA SURE Rudder Fitting Packing Pieces at West Marine
I'd still like to meet you and see your boat one day.

Skipper Joe 11-17-2010 01:13 PM

Hey Thanks guys! I'll snap some photos to show you what I mean.

Caleb, come on out. She's still a major work in progress.

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