Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
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A friend has an Ericson 33 that has been converted back to tiller steering. They have a circular plate cover where the pedestal used to be, and you can still see the bolts for the under-deck sheaves (and the quadrant is still on the rudder shaft).
Other than a mild tripping hazard, it's fine. One has to get used to the bump in the cockpit floor.
On the plus side it's going to be much easier for the next owner to re convert if desired! On the down side he's packing some extra weight in gear that he's not using... not a big dealf or a cruiser, but perhaps worrisome to a hard core racer.