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Re: Change Out Tiller for Wheel & Binnacle
I want to preface this by saying this is just my opinion. Don't do it. It will take up too much room, and honestly you aren't getting much bang for your buck so to speak. We have an Ericson 29, which was originally setup for a tiller. At some point one of the P.O.s added a wheel and binnacle. The way it was installed was to add a wooden box on top of the existing tiller fitting, and then the plumbing for the wheel is inside this box. With this setup, the only way to get behind the wheel is to climb up on the seating and then down aft of the wheel. This makes changing the person behind the helm a pain in the butt and really cuts down on cockpit space.
Good luck on what you decide to do.
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