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Re: PSC34 Wheel to Tiller conversion

Davashcow,

Here is the sketch I used for the rudder post extension.
Let me know if you need a higher-res file and I can email it.

I should reiterate that the upper rudder post bearing needed to be replaced on our boat to take the side loads of the tiller. PSC sold me the proper Orcot bearing which I glassed in under the deck. Perhaps newer boats already have this modification. I had to make sure the extension was long enough so the rudder post through bolt is below the new bearing. This is why the extension is 10 inches long. In looking at my sketch, it appears I did NOT have the machine shop put both through bolt holes in but rather just the one for the tiller head.

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Re: PSC34 Wheel to Tiller conversion

That was good info DaveMancini, thank you!

I have a tiller on my 28, and I am new to owning a boat and I could even say sailing, I cant claim to be experienced. Then guys at the marina started to "advise" me to change to wheel because it will be easier "for a woman" , so many advises coming from all sort of direction, when I am not that experienced, so got a little confused, even asked in here some time ago if these advises have some valid points, if I should do that etc. But certainly not, and your post was very clear to point few things as well.
I have to say, the tiller does at times snaps from under my grip, I wonder if thats me being too "lady like" on it , or something else.

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Re: PSC34 Wheel to Tiller conversion

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That was good info DaveMancini, thank you!

I have a tiller on my 28, and I am new to owning a boat and I could even say sailing, I cant claim to be experienced. Then guys at the marina started to "advise" me to change to wheel because it will be easier "for a woman" , so many advises coming from all sort of direction, when I am not that experienced, so got a little confused, even asked in here some time ago if these advises have some valid points, if I should do that etc. But certainly not, and your post was very clear to point few things as well.
I have to say, the tiller does at times snaps from under my grip, I wonder if thats me being too "lady like" on it , or something else.
Let's see, women are too dumb, too weak or clueless so have to have a wheel to be able to sail a boat. So much for women's lib amongst your clueless advisors.

Broke down and bought a boat with a wheel. It was pain in the butt to use from the first time I took it out of the slip. Fought the damn thing for more than a half a decade until I got so pissed at the contraption that I tore it out and went to tiller steering. Hallelujah, have seen the promised land and it's steered by a tiller. You do have to hang on to the tiller but a wheel can kick back just like a tiller. Enjoy the simplicity, instant steering input and knowing where the rudder is pointed. Don't waste your money on a wheel conversion.
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John, thanks for the diagram and explanation.

I've not been on any 37's, but it sounds like some have removable cockpit soles. On my pedestal-equipped 34, only the forward section is removable. Do the factory tiller 34's have both sections removable? This seems like it would be incredibly advantageous for maintenance and access.
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Re: PSC34 Wheel to Tiller conversion

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On my pedestal-equipped 34, only the forward section is removable. Do the factory tiller 34's have both sections removable? This seems like it would be incredibly advantageous for maintenance and access.
Our boat is a factory tiller boat. Only the forward part of the cockpit sole is removable.

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