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In "Buehler's Backyard Boatbuilding", George shows how to convert tiller to wheel steering without breaking the bank, and even keeping the tiller. (He also has lots of other DIY stuff you might find interesting/useful. )

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Starting with tools: "... the true craftsman is a rare bird; no more in tune with the Cosmos than you, just more patient..." to instructions for the proper use of alcohol at the launch, this book guides you step by step through the process of building a real sea-going cruising boat. Written from the novel point of view of keeping costs down and having fun, this is, if you'll pardon me, the BEST "how-to" book since "Volkswagen Repair For The Complete Idiot." There's 160 pages of drawings and photos, and even complete plans ranging from a 28' cutter to a 55' displacement power boat.

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just started looking through his site. it's a delightful, well written site and he has a really good philosophy about life. well worth checking out.

he has some nice looking designs. i notice that the boats i have seen so far don't have a tiny toe rail, like most modern sailboats. they have low....we'd call them knee rails in the construction business. kind of old timey. i like that and wonder why it's not still done on modern sailboats.
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His bulwarks and handrails are functional, not cosmetic like you see on today's boats -- they'll keep you aboard if you get hit by green water while working on the deck. He's in the Pacific Northwest and inspired by his familiarity and respect for the working boats of that region. The way he writes makes me think he'd be a fun guy to share a pitcher with -- there are some good stories in his book, usually with a point to explain why he designs as he does.
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His bulwarks and handrails are functional, not cosmetic like you see on today's boats -- they'll keep you aboard if you get hit by green water while working on the deck. He's in the Pacific Northwest and inspired by his familiarity and respect for the working boats of that region. The way he writes makes me think he'd be a fun guy to share a pitcher with -- there are some good stories in his book, usually with a point to explain why he designs as he does.
i like that. i don't suppose it would be possible to add bulwarks to a production FG boat.
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Tiller handle on our Catalina 27 is about 36-40 inches. I imagine this one is so long because the PO did a lot of singlehanded sailing and wanted the protection of being further forward perhaps behind a dodger.
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Tiller handle on our Catalina 27 is about 36-40 inches. I imagine this one is so long because the PO did a lot of singlehanded sailing and wanted the protection of being further forward perhaps behind a dodger.
pretty sure the tiller is the stock length but, i also imagine that is the reason it was designed with such a long tiller. 36-40" would be much better.

by the way, no dodger possible with the pop top on this cal, i think. at least, i don't see a practical way that would work.
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i like that. i don't suppose it would be possible to add bulwarks to a production FG boat.
You might -- he has at least 3 different ways of making them. You would need clear access to the outboard interior of the hull, to locate mounting points and install healthy backing plates. Much depends upon your hull construction.
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You might -- he has at least 3 different ways of making them. You would need clear access to the outboard interior of the hull, to locate mounting points and install healthy backing plates. Much depends upon your hull construction.
cool. i will have to buy his book. sounds like it's well worth the money.
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cool. i will have to buy his book. sounds like it's well worth the money.
You won't regret it. He has a lot of ideas for customizing and personalizing your boat to suit you, and how *you* use the boat.
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Re: why so long?

mine,s fifty in
long. i can stand, holding the end up ay the cabin bulkhead or grag only a foot or so and sit astern. onc trim is balanced, on a longish reach or rin, ya hardly hafta touch it to stay on course.

i,m looking into wheel options, too....prolly cable and drum! IF i move it at all

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Re: why so long?

he actually gives some free steering suggestions, on his site, that i think are very good and very useful. it's got me thinking. if i end up adding wheel steering, i have an idea how to do it, fairly inexpensively, now, without a lot of additional weight. great link! thanks.
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