Re: Small boat wheel steering
For smaller boats, tiller steering provides the ability to move the majority of the ballast -- the helmsman -- around the cockpit, particularly with a tiller extension. If you have to run forward briefly to adjust sails or set an anchor or whatever, it is a shorter dash aft to reach a tiller extension. And wheel steering, like yoke line steering, turns/pulls opposite to tiller steering, and having guests man the helm will often result in some initial excitement. Don't ask me how I know this.
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