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06-30-2012 07:11 PM
Re: Tiller to wheel conversion costs?

Yes it can. Here is the conversion kit from Edison.
06-30-2012 07:09 PM
Re: Tiller to wheel conversion costs?

Is this the third coming of this thread??
06-30-2012 05:48 PM
Re: Tiller to wheel conversion costs?

Can anyone tell me if an 30' Islander MKII tiller can be converted to wheel
08-13-2006 12:01 AM
Irwin32 Do you think he is still debating what to do about tiller steerring? Some people take a long time to make a decsion. If he waited 3 yrs he must have learned a lot since then and our comments must be even more useful.

The guy may have bought and sold the boat he was talking about and may be facing the same problem all over again. could happen.
08-12-2006 11:41 PM
sailingdog You do realize that this thread is over three years old.
08-12-2006 03:43 PM
MBesant I did not read every post to this thread, but I must agree
Do NOT buy this boat if you really want a wheel.
Our first boat had a tiller to wheel conversion. We were novices and really didn't understand how bad that can be. You had to sit on the side to reach the wheel which was installed fwd of the rudder post The engine controls were difficult to reach. It was a gymnastic challenge to move past the wheel to get to the companionway. The bolts were drilled through the scupper drain channels, so water leaked into the engine compartment when it rained, This ruined the starter.
Yes, like your wife, mine wanted a wheel. Better to find a different boat
Marty Besant
08-11-2006 09:44 PM
Irwin32 I say keep looking for a boat until you find one with a wheel that you like. I have sailed tiller boats for 30 years, but I like a wheel for a cruising/day sailor much better. Racing is different, but it does sound like you would be happier with a wheel, as I am.

Retrofitting has its own set of problems and I think one is better off leaving the boat steering system as installed at the factory for numerous reasons. One would certainly be how to attach below deck blocks for cables in a secure and efficient fashion.

Comments made re weather helm are good ones and a wheel only masks a problem that should be addressed as others have stated.
08-11-2006 04:19 PM
chuckg Another plus for wheel steering is for novice sailors operating the boat for the first time. The boat will steer in a more familiar fashion, especially during docking manuvers.
05-14-2003 08:46 AM
Tiller to wheel conversion costs?

There are trade offs for sure with wheel steering but room in the cockpit isn''t one of them. Usually having a wheel on a smaller boat opens up the aft portion of the cockpit that used to be sacrificed by the swing of the tiller. Just make sure that you aren''t getting bonked in the head by the traveller or backstay when you are standing where the pedestal wants to be. On my tiller steered boat, I have to ask my passengers to sit forward of the tiller so I won''t whack them every time we tack. Having a pedestal also gives you additional areas to mount items like cockpit tables and navigation aids close to the helmsman. I agree that wheel steering isn''t a cure for excess weather helm and that balancing the sailplan will do more to make your boat steer comfortably than any sort of steering mechanism. Wheel steering may make your wife happier though and if she is happy, the money spent to convert the boat will be very well invested.
05-08-2003 03:01 AM
Tiller to wheel conversion costs?

I have to go with Jack on this one. You do not want a install a wheel on a Columbia 28 as a way to overcome weather helm. Weather helm is nature''s way of telling you that you have the boat out of balance. Installing a wheel to over come weather helm is like taking anesthesia to hide the pain, rather than fixing the cause of the pain itself. Weather helm is a symptom of sailing with the mainsail overtrimmed, or the traveler too high, the sails too powered up, carrying too much sail area (both jib and mainsail) or blown out sails. I suggest that the cheapest fix is to take some lessons in sail trim so that you will understand how to properly trim your sails in order to minimize weather helm. Installing a wheel in a boat this small is expensive ($2000-3500 depending on type of wheel system chosen) and can really hurt resale value.

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