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Lewmar folding wheel info

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Bought a new boat, now comes time to dump all the money into her
Discovered that we hate the 48" wheel in cockpit that can barely move around without constantly stepping onto cockpit seating-squeezing by isn't even an option. Were looking at folding wheels-have read all threads on those here....anyone could comment on the change in mechanical advantage going from a 48" to a 42"? 42 is the largest they make them. I realize it will be 3 inches less on each side while sitting on coaming. Thanks
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Re: Lewmar folding wheel info

How large is the boat? That's a pretty large wheel.

I've heard the lewmar wheels are not very sturdy. Might be could to get comments on that as well.

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I changed my 48" wheel to the 42" folding wheel and noticed no change in being able to steer the boat. The only change I've noticed in the 3-4 years of having the folding wheel is the JOY of being able to walk around the cockpit to get to the BBQ grill. While it seemed a crazy upgrade for the $1000 it has been among the best useful upgrades I have done.
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Re: Lewmar folding wheel info

I've seen those wheels and would give anything, except the $1000.00, to have one. From my observations, I believe they are very well made.
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Re: Lewmar folding wheel info

I have one of the folding wheels on a 2005 Hunter 33 on which I teach. It sucks. It is loose and the spokes wobble because half of the allen-head machine screws that hold the spokes in position are stripped. I had the same problem with the boat that had one of these at the previous school that I taught too. It seems that it could/should be fixed, but it's not my boat. Personally, I would simply unscrew the wheel if I need extra space on my boat.
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35 ft boat @dadio917

Mostly I've read/heard good things about them. Boat is set up for racing so we need to add some mods to make more for cruising and weekends...
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I have one of the folding wheels on a 2005 Hunter 33 on which I teach. It sucks. It is loose and the spokes wobble because half of the allen-head machine screws that hold the spokes in position are stripped. I had the same problem with the boat that had one of these at the previous school that I taught too. It seems that it could/should be fixed, but it's not my boat. Personally, I would simply unscrew the wheel if I need extra space on my boat.
Wow, I stand corrected. I'd never used one, but visited a few boats with them and thought they felt well built.
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Re: Lewmar folding wheel info

Yet I’m had mine years and have been in conditions where I was holding on the wheel for my life and it’s never come apart etc. Yes it iis wobbler than a solid wheel, so what?

Btw - you can adjust the hub to hold the spokes better and if you have bad experience with wobble it’s more your laziness than the wheel being the problem.

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