28 Cat Ketch wheel size

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28 Cat Ketch wheel size

Postby eodguy » Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:45 pm

Hello all,
New member here in Satellite Beach FL. I have a '82 28' Cat Ketch (wishbone booms) that I'm about to begin restoring and have a question for other owners on steering wheel size.
Mine wheel is 32" and steers very easily but take up a lot of room. I'd like to drop a few inches to make it easier to get around the cockpit and locker door clearance.
Wondering if others have done this and how it worked out?
Thanks for your help.
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Re: 28 Cat Ketch wheel size

Postby andygc » Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:46 am

My F30 CK (ie the same boat but sold in the UK) has a 30" wheel on a Whitlock Cobra system. That gives 1 1/2 turns lock to lock. Reducing the wheel size would make the helm heavier. I wouldn't want to do that.

If your boat is afloat you could get an idea of helm load by sailing in a strong wind holding part way down the spokes rather than holding the rim of the wheel.
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Re: 28 Cat Ketch wheel size

Postby eodguy » Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:02 pm

Great idea, thanks!
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Re: 28 Cat Ketch wheel size

Postby 1980raven » Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:48 am

The former owner of my freedom 28 had converted to a smaller wheel. I have sailed in 35 knot winds and have not had trouble controlling the boat. The next time I visit the boat I will measure the wheel size on Raven.
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Re: 28 Cat Ketch wheel size

Postby 1980raven » Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:33 am

The wheel size I use is 24". Here is a picture of the cockpit.
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Re: 28 Cat Ketch wheel size

Postby eodguy » Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:31 pm

I really like that!
Thanks for the info!
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Re: 28 Cat Ketch wheel size

Postby gulfcoastsailor » Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:07 pm

Hey! What is that stuff in the water around the boat? Looks like broken glass. Just curious.

A Florida smarta$$.
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