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12-27-2012 07:23 PM
arf145
Re: Rough cost to convert tiller to wheel

For gosh sakes. Whenever a thread comes up where someone inquires about a project like this, the "Tiller People" rise up like so many zombies and, ignoring much of what the OP has said, state that they like tillers, tillers are good, why don't you want a tiller? as if they and their tillers have been somehow threatened by someone wanting a wheel. Great, you tiller folks like your tillers--have an annual meeting about it. Bring your tillers Meanwhile, some like the wheel. Or in this case, the OP's wife wants a wheel. A perfectly fine reason to get a boat with a wheel. Conversion on that boat? Maybe not.
12-27-2012 10:48 AM
Plumbean
Re: Rough cost to convert tiller to wheel

I much prefer having a tiller and would certainly not bother converting a T34C from a tiller to a wheel. There are plenty of them out there that already have a wheel and you will have plenty of other projects to deal with, so why create one?

For what it is worth, I have an S&S designed 34 footer from the same era. A wheel would take up a lot of space in the cockpit permanently. With the tiller, it takes up space while sailing but folds out of the way nicely when at anchor. I haven't sailed a T34C, but suspect that like most S&S designed boats they are well balanced, so the use of a tiller would not be an issue.

While I can see how one might feel differently about this for an offshore passage, if that is your plan on a regular basis I would expect that a wind vane and/or autopilot would be in use for much of the time. Incidentally, the same goes for a wheel too. Hand steering for days at a time would be tiring either way.
12-26-2012 07:44 PM
L124C
Re: Rough cost to convert tiller to wheel

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Originally Posted by sneuman View Post
What's wrong with a tiller? It's really the simplest and best system. If it works for your boat, I'd keep it.
New to the thread? Though I agree with you, look at earlier posts for several answers to your question!
12-26-2012 02:28 PM
sneuman
Re: Rough cost to convert tiller to wheel

What's wrong with a tiller? It's really the simplest and best system. If it works for your boat, I'd keep it.
12-26-2012 09:28 AM
blutoyz
Re: Rough cost to convert tiller to wheel

You didn't miss out on anything. You will find a boat with a wheel and a diesel within your budget easily.
12-26-2012 09:23 AM
vtsailguy
Re: Rough cost to convert tiller to wheel

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Originally Posted by caberg View Post
Atomic 4.
Duh... right
12-26-2012 09:21 AM
caberg
Re: Rough cost to convert tiller to wheel

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Originally Posted by vtsailguy View Post
A4?
Atomic 4.
12-26-2012 09:19 AM
caberg
Re: Rough cost to convert tiller to wheel

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Originally Posted by vtsailguy View Post
Right, it was in amazing condition though
tartan 34 sailboat in Sailboats | eBay Motors
I would probably pass just because the guy sounds like a total douche from the listing. Not someone I'd want to do a transaction with.
12-26-2012 08:50 AM
vtsailguy
Re: Rough cost to convert tiller to wheel

A4?
12-26-2012 02:33 AM
L124C
Re: Rough cost to convert tiller to wheel

Just looked at the ad for the Tartan. Nice boat, and IMO a wheel would be a crime. However, I love the note in BIG RED FONT the seller posted saying he didn't want to entertain dreams of arm chair sailors who could only afford a dingy. And that he had invested almost the asking price (27+k) in the boat. A 40 year old, 34 foot boat with an A4, in this market? I think he might be confused about who is dreaming, and may be in for a lesson on "investing" in boats!
BTW: Not the newer light weight racing boat I imagined it was in an earlier post!
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