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Did the Islander 28 come with a wheel or tiller?

I feel like this is a dumb question, but did the Islander 28 come from the factory with a wheel or tiller?

I am looking at a '77 Islander 28 that has a wheel steering, but I can clearly see in the pictures that there is a mount for a tiller. Also there isn't much of a seat on the transom which makes me think this was converted to wheel steering.

Is there a good way I can tell if it has been converted?

If it has been converted to wheel steering how difficult would it be to take it back to tiller steering?

If it came from the factory is it a good idea to just keep it wheel steering?

Thanks for all your help.
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Re: Did the Islander 28 come with a wheel or tiller?

The islander 28 came from the factory with wheel steering
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Re: Did the Islander 28 come with a wheel or tiller?

Thank you. So I take it that what I'm seeing then is an emergency tiller mount?
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Re: Did the Islander 28 come with a wheel or tiller?

Our Islander 28 had a tiller and I don't recollect seeing any evidence that it ever had a wheel. Maybe you could order them from the factory either way?
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Re: Did the Islander 28 come with a wheel or tiller?

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Our Islander 28 had a tiller and I don't recollect seeing any evidence that it ever had a wheel. Maybe you could order them from the factory either way?
I'd say this is most likely the case. The wheel version would have left the tiller head as a place for an emergency tiller (though frequently that short clearance to the wheel/binnacle made for a very short tiller...)
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Re: Did the Islander 28 come with a wheel or tiller?

If I recall correctly the islander 28 was wheel and the islander Bahama which was made from 1981 to 1985 was tiller steering
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Re: Did the Islander 28 come with a wheel or tiller?

The two I've owned both had tillers. However, the 1978 Islander brochure that covers the 28, 32, and 36 only makes reference to a wheel. Another brochure that was just for the I-28 had the wheel steering listed as an option.
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I feel like this is a dumb question, but did the Islander 28 come from the factory with a wheel or tiller?

I am looking at a '77 Islander 28 that has a wheel steering, but I can clearly see in the pictures that there is a mount for a tiller. Also there isn't much of a seat on the transom which makes me think this was converted to wheel steering.

Is there a good way I can tell if it has been converted?

If it has been converted to wheel steering how difficult would it be to take it back to tiller steering?

If it came from the factory is it a good idea to just keep it wheel steering?

Thanks for all your help.

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Re: Did the Islander 28 come with a wheel or tiller?

FWIW of the 4 currently on Yachtworld, it's a 50/50 split wheel vs tiller...
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yes.

my 1976 brochure hypes pedestal steering as a convenience option. Love the quote in the maintenance section of the owners manual: "climb down below and check".
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Re: Did the Islander 28 come with a wheel or tiller?

Mine came with a tiller and a po converted it. I have the original tiller, too. The short distance from the tiller post to the wheel is plenty of distance to attach an emergency tiller. I have mine there all the time standing straight up. The boat is so well balanced with its balanced spade rudder that I can steer with a couple of fingers on the "emergency" tiller. I like having it there and use it a lot. After getting away from busy water I can sit next to my wife and steer with the short tiller.







If you have the tiller end casting, or can get one it is a nice feature.

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