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Practically a wheel takes up less cockpit space. With a tiller you lose seating. I like the tiller because I further forward and closer to the dodger. A tiller has better feedback withe the boat. With wheels a cable system have some feedback. Hydraulic wheel systems have no feedback. I think for smaller boats 30 ft or so autopilots are more reliable and less costly than wheel autopilots.
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I'd point out that with a tiller you may lose cockpit space while underway, but you have a lot more cockpit space when at anchor, since you can tilt the tiller back and out of the way...

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Practically a wheel takes up less cockpit space. With a tiller you lose seating. I like the tiller because I further forward and closer to the dodger. A tiller has better feedback withe the boat. With wheels a cable system have some feedback. Hydraulic wheel systems have no feedback. I think for smaller boats 30 ft or so autopilots are more reliable and less costly than wheel autopilots.
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SOME can be tilted up, SD. Folkboat tillers and many thru-transom tillers do not have that option.
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One major issue in favor of tillers is the simplicity of the system. A tiller is far less maintenance and far less complex. Also, many sailors feel that a tiller steered boat gives the sailor more feedback than a wheel-steered boat. Tillers can be used on even very large boats, given that they are designed for it. One of my favorite large trimarans is tiller steered and comes in at 18 meters long... seen below:



Also, you can setup sheet-to-tiller self-steering fairly simply, which is generally not an option with a wheel.
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Damn SD, do you have a MEWS (Multihull Early Warning System) that alerts you everytime somebody comments on one of those watertrikes?

and no, this does not mean you need to post the youtube video of you faking speed on your trike. It was all done with CGI anyway.
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Yes, I do... but it only works on intelligent life forms...for some reason it doesn't go off when you post. :
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Damn SD, do you have a MEWS (Multihull Early Warning System) that alerts you everytime somebody comments on one of those watertrikes?

and no, this does not mean you need to post the youtube video of you faking speed on your trike. It was all done with CGI anyway.
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Tiller. More seaworthy. More feedback. Simpler. Better.
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