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Wheel steering RL28
hi, would any know what is involved in fitting wheel steering to my RL. Would love to hear from you.
m.Raub30-Mar-2007    Edit    Delete 
Re: Wheel steering RL28
I would think tiller steering is more suitable for RL28s. A tiller is much more responsive and gives so much better feel than a wheel, and an RL28 is light enough to still be easily controllable with a tiller. And being a light boat it is a safety advantage to be able to respond quickly to a strong gust or wind shift in strong winds.

The only time the tiller gets heavy is when reaching in strong winds and Rob Legg recommends raising the centreboard half way in these conditions to get better balance. And as you have to waggle the tiller as every wave hits the side of the boat, the wheel would get tedious.

Of course you gain a lot of cockpit space with a wheel. But in answer to your question, no, I don't know of any RL28s fitted with a wheel.
Keith Merkley6-Apr-2007    Edit    Delete 
Re: Wheel steering RL28
I do have wheel steering on Sandpiper.

It came with the boat. I didn't really like it at first, but I have grown used to it.

It uses a pedestal and cable drives. The tiller has been shortened and the cable drives operate the shortened tiller.
Garry Beattie23-Apr-2007    Edit    Delete 

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