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I am tempted to acquire a B35.5. But I am surprised on how small the wheel looks. Would it be advisable to install a larger diameter wheel? this might require some modification of the cockpit, and maybe to transform it as a "T" cockpit - a la T37...
Has anyone contemplated this work and would it be feasible?
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I think the answer is that either will work out just fine for you, so it comes down to comparing specific boats rather than specfic models - which one combines the best condition, best equipment (that you want), and best price.

After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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Re: Bristol 35.5 vs Tartan 34c

A larger diameter wheel, without modification to the cockpit itself, is going to make maneuverability in the aft end of the cockpit only more restricted than it already is. Is it a feasible modification? Yes, but I think more salient questions would probably be is it practical and is it wise? Practical? From a cost perspective probably not. And wise? Well, if you have to have this boat and that is what it would take to make you comfortable, then only you can answer that question. I would think that living with the present arrangement or finding another boat with the diameter wheel and cockpit arrangement that you like might both be better solutions IMHO.
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Re: Bristol 35.5 vs Tartan 34c

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I am tempted to acquire a B35.5. But I am surprised on how small the wheel looks. Would it be advisable to install a larger diameter wheel? this might require some modification of the cockpit, and maybe to transform it as a "T" cockpit - a la T37...
Has anyone contemplated this work and would it be feasible?
Thank you!
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I have the opposite experience. When I sail in one of the newish boats, the wheel seems absolutely enormous. But I have never had a moment when I've thought "gosh, this wheel is heavy". It's a very light touch that is needed under sail.

There are boats that size with tillers, for heavens sake.

So that begs the question, why does a new Beneteau need a 6ft wheel. Is it fashion, or poor rudder design?

Sail it for a few months then decide. I'll wager you decide to not do anything.

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Re: Bristol 35.5 vs Tartan 34c

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I have the opposite experience. When I sail in one of the newish boats, the wheel seems absolutely enormous. But I have never had a moment when I've thought "gosh, this wheel is heavy". It's a very light touch that is needed under sail.

There are boats that size with tillers, for heavens sake.

So that begs the question, why does a new Beneteau need a 6ft wheel. Is it fashion, or poor rudder design?
Sail it for a few months then decide. I'll wager you decide to not do anything.
Neither. It's that big, so that the skipper can sit on either side and still reach the wheel. Many times, sitting on the centerline provides obstructed vision for the driver.

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Re: Bristol 35.5 vs Tartan 34c

Oh yes, that makes sense. Well, you can definitely reach the wheel from either side in a 35.5. The cockpit is quite narrow at the stern.

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