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Wheel to Wheel Conversion

I have read a ton of material on wheel to tiller conversions but I think I am going to simply replace the old pedestal I have with a new Edson one. Have any of you PSC owners replaced the original pedestal with a new one. My old pedestal is a mess and there are no replacement parts to be found. Would love to have some input on this one. Going to cost about $5000 to get this job done and I don't want to make a mistake.

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sure do love my tiller conversion and it cost a 1/5th of your cost for a new pedestal. Have the old Edson pedestal/wheel/and under deck hardware for sale cheap if you could use it for parts. When you say the Pedestal is a mess, it that cosmetics or mechanical?? If it's cosmetic, an LPU paint job would have it looking like new and probably would be less than a boat unit if you R&R'd the wheel yourself.
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Re: Wheel to Wheel Conversion

I don't believe it would be that difficult to replace, pretty much unbolt the current components, remove them and install the new ones.

I also still have the Yacht Specilities pedestal that came with the boat and was removed when the boat was converted to tiller.
It is in decent shape and I need to get rid of it if it could be of use for parts.

All that said, I really enjoy have the tiller on the boat. The boat is much more fun to drive and has a lot more feel thru the tiller.
The only disadvantage seems to be under way with a full cockpit of people - 4 people aboard - not much of a problem 6+ it's pretty tight quarters in the cockpit. But usually its 1 or 2 of us aboard and its great. With the tiller I am sitting in the forward part of the cockpit or with the tiller extension up on the cockpit comings with my back on the lifelines. At anchor the cockpit feels like twice the size. When under autopilot the tiller is standing straight up and out of the cockpit. No pulleys, cables, etc to maintain, greater access to the aft portion of the engine compartment. Tiller pilot or Pelagic Autopilot with a linear drive could be used on the tiller although I have a WH autopilot below decks and it works really well. Working on a way to attach the control lines for the Monitor Windvane and keep the tiller out of the cockpit or in an upright position.

Oh, I always found the Edson people helpful, boat shows, on the phone etc if you decide to go with a new Edson pedestal.

Just a bit a bit of input.

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Re: Wheel to Wheel Conversion

Marc Thanks for the input. I was leaning toward the tiller conversion, but the wife made some compelling arguments and would like to keep the wheel. Momma's happy, I am sort of happy . Anyway, I think I am going to go with Edson instead of piecing together old pieces from a system that is no longer manufactured. Love to see your posts. Thanks again.

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