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Old 10-28-2010
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Before buying Irish Eyes in 2004, my wife and I considered several PSC 34s. All were wheel steered but one. My wife liked that one because of the tiller. We bought the one she liked. In the years that we have owned the boat including three 5 month trips to the Bahamas, two 3 month trips into the Chesapeake Bay, a couple of months coasting in North and South Carolina, and who knows how many weekend and week trips in North Carolina, we have never wanted a wheel. I hate to say it, but she was right. The tiller was the better choice.

So far the wheel or tiller argument has centered around the differences underway. We have never had a problem with the tiller underway, but I am sure that our hours anchored far exceed our hours sailing, and it is while anchored that the tiller really shines. We just push the tiller up out of the way, put in a rod between the Simrad TP30 autopilot socket and the rudder head locking the rudder amidships, and enjoy a completely open cockpit which we do not have to share with a pedestal and wheel.

I have been working on a prototype table, made from pine and bits of hardware from Lowes (and table top hinges from West Marine), that folds away, stores in the quarter berth, and works for drinks for six or a meal for four. Someday I’ll replace it with teak… My ever practical wife says pine is fine and covers it with a table cloth.

The table has three legs. The aft two clamp to the underside of the stern seat locking the table in place. The single forward leg allows people to slip their legs under the table. (Some booths in restaurants have a similar outside leg.) The three legs fold flat against the underside of the table making a package that is 2¼” thick. Unfolded, they are held in place with aluminum diagonals.

The table top has two 7” leaves that fold over the top of the table. Folded it is perfect for resting your drink and a bowl of nuts while you read a book or chat with friends. Opened to a 28” width there is room for dinner.

From time to time I take a saw or a drill to the table and change something, but the basic design has remained unchanged for a year or so.







Bill Murdoch
1988 PSC 34
Irish Eyes
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Old 10-29-2010
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Nice table!

I've been thinking of something sorta similar for our boat. It's always interesting to see what others have come up with to get ideas.
- Bill T.
- Richmond, VA

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Tiller Steering on my 37

My 37, WINDFLOWER, was converted to a tiller last year by the NC factory during a total refit. I would not have any other steering configuration on a 34 or 37, but there are probably more wheel fans than tiller fans which surely drives the market value but my reasoning was not impacted by other's viewpoint or the impact of market value.

I ordered a new Dana (only available in a tiller)in the early 90's and a close friend ordered a new 34 with a tiller. I have sailed both boats many, many miles and a few times in some violent seas. The tiller gives a comfort in knowing there are no cables or other mechanical issues to foul and I can really feel the boat. In many ways it is like a discussion of power steering verses non power in a vehicle.

My auto tiller has been mounted with the tiller in the back position and when underway, my cockpit is huge without the wheel pedestal in the way.

William Crealock knew the benefits and designed the yacht for a tiller. The balance makes the difference.

Bottom line: tiller or wheel configuration the PSC Crealock is quite the classic.

Attached are the photos from my refit.

Windflower at the Factory pictures by kkdtrader - Photobucket
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