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Even though I learned on a tiller and spent my first few years sailing with a tiller I still like my curent wheel.
In todays modern day & age tillers are old school, ancient technology. Sure the old salt purist will swear by one but the newer sailors comming out to play already have a pre-conceived notion that a wheel is the preferred mechanism for steering. They see wheels in all the latest magazines and most modern boats, even smaller ones have wheels to appeal to the modern buyer. If I saw a tiller in a new boat I was shopping for I'd likely move on to another boat with a wheel, just a preference to modern design. Wheels are modern, tillers are ancient, just the mentality of todays newer boaters.
This thread started in 2003 but today 5+ years later attitudes are changing, wheels will be the mechanism of choice by builders in order to apeal to the modern buyer. Use tillers for the dinghy sailboats, anything 25'+ is going to sell easier with a wheel.
Last edited by CaptKermie; 12-08-2008 at 05:49 PM.