Re: Catalina 27 questions
I love the tiller on my C27. The rudder is somewhat balanced, so the tiller feels light (lighter than the tiller on my C22, even though the boat is much heavier). My traveler runs along the leading edge of the lazarette, so the main sheet is within easy reach, and I have a tillerpilot to make single handing easier.
I'm sure there are advantages to a wheel too, but I wouldn't personally want one on this boat.
That's a nice setup. I wish I could find one like that. Can you have a bimini with the mainsheet where it is?