|You are sailing for pure pleasure. Nine knots reaching in
a steady force four. Several tons of boat, your pride and joy, tramps
along competently in the moderate seas.
She punches easily at each wave. Nobody is racing today, but you are undoubtedly gaining steadily on that yacht now only ¾ of a mile ahead.
Sure footed and secure on the teak cockpit grating you are nicely "in the grove". She is well balanced and you feel each wave through the helm as it passes beneath the boat. She requires minimal but confident playing of the helm to keep her on a perfect track.
This is such a joy and you know her well. A trusted friend. You feel a quiet pride in her as you grasp the cold stainless steel wheel...................??????????????...WHAT?
Something is amiss here!
Wait while I think about this.....................................................................................
You feel a quiet pride in her as you grasp the polished teak wheel.
Well, you wouldn't have a stainless steel tiller. Would you?
The wheel is one of many items that has played on my mind for some years. Designed and refined largely in my minds eye. I could for years "see" it by simply closing my eyes and eventually amassed the resources to build one!
The example here is 5' in diameter (smaller jigs have been made should anybody want one built)
It is laminated from 1mm teak veneers plus a couple of white wood stripes using epoxy though out. The SS boss has webs welded to it which extend out to the rim and are buried inside the teak spokes when the segments are assembled. The teak is polished to 1200 grade and oiled to give a surface like silk. The resulting structure is both robust and stable and so much nicer to steer with on cold and wet or balmy days alike
Following my recent accident it is unlikely that further wheels will be built.
There is One only 60inch Yacht wheel available for sale at £1200.00