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01-03-2013 04:17 PM
deniseO30
Re: Retrofitting Tiller to Wheel Steering

Gotta love that pic! congrats on a job well done!
01-03-2013 04:04 PM
cookwithgas
Re: Retrofitting Tiller to Wheel Steering

Here is an update - the wheel is installed and working. I tried it out on new years day and I'm very happy with it. Since the pedestal is installed behind the original tiller shaft, I can install and use the tiller just as before but so far I like all the extra room in the cockpit without a tiller! Take a look.
12-23-2012 10:15 AM
CorvetteGuy
Re: Retrofitting Tiller to Wheel Steering

How goes the interior retro hope the pics I sent out gave you some insight. they are beautyful boats and sail very well and built solid too.
12-23-2012 10:10 AM
CorvetteGuy
Re: Retrofitting Tiller to Wheel Steering

Heres a pic of a factory Corvette install from 1972, the pedistol is forward of the rudder shaft which makes more room for acess to controls and all the sheets but a pain in the butt for attaching an emergency rudder. Also the cockpit of a corvette is huge and have no problem sailing with 5 others sitting about. Good job have you ever thought of joining the Corvette association, lots of good info there.
12-23-2012 06:46 AM
L124C
Re: Retrofitting Tiller to Wheel Steering

CWG:
What factors made you decide to convert the boat to a wheel?
Having done it, would you do it again?
12-05-2012 07:00 PM
deniseO30
Re: Retrofitting Tiller to Wheel Steering

oops.. belay that order LOL I saw your album Pretty boat!
12-05-2012 06:55 PM
deniseO30
Re: Retrofitting Tiller to Wheel Steering

Hey... I feel left out! not been getting updates from the "thread tools" subscription.
Anyways.... Sell the control levers, new they are over $400. then go for controls on the pedestal! I like the "remove the box" make it a platform idea too! (can still make it a hinged lid)
Can the 2nd set of idlers go to back of the rudder? Then you wouldn't be drilling holes in the hull. You would have to crisscross the cable for port turning to port and strbrd to do the same..and if you move the traveler.. you will loose end boom sheeting if you have it?
Looking good! oh! I want to see the whole boat!
12-05-2012 05:23 PM
cookwithgas
Re: Retrofitting Tiller to Wheel Steering

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With that narrow cockpit and the wheel where it is you're already stepping up onto the seat and around the wheel... so I'd put the traveller immediately in front of the pedestal, keeping it handy to the helm, build a bridging beam to install it on. You have no seat lockers in the way there and presumably have access for backing plates underneath in that location. Turn the traveller control lines aft so you can reach/adjust them too...
Great idea Faster! I may have an issue with the bimini but I will look into it. Thank you.
12-05-2012 03:09 PM
Faster
Re: Retrofitting Tiller to Wheel Steering

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....I am looking at ways to relocate the sheet traveler over the cabin top so I can sit on the poop deck. It's going to be a busy winter....
With that narrow cockpit and the wheel where it is you're already stepping up onto the seat and around the wheel... so I'd put the traveller immediately in front of the pedestal, keeping it handy to the helm, build a bridging beam to install it on. You have no seat lockers in the way there and presumably have access for backing plates underneath in that location. Turn the traveller control lines aft so you can reach/adjust them too...
12-05-2012 01:50 PM
cookwithgas
Re: Retrofitting Tiller to Wheel Steering

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Originally Posted by Faster View Post
Seems like your next step is to figure out where to put the throttle/shift levers.. they're not in reach from the wheel in any practical way esp for docking manoeuvers..

If you remove the seat section behind the wheel will you have a level platform to stand on? Standing any length of time at the angle of the counter would be tiresome, I'd think....
Yes it will be completely flat all the way back. I plan to elevate it slightly from the existing floor so I don't have to mess with the Syn-Teak work I have already completed. I agree about the throttle and shift lever - one thing at a time. I am looking at ways to relocate the sheet traveler over the cabin top so I can sit on the poop deck. It's going to be a busy winter....
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