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28 Cat Ketch wheel size

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:45 pm
by eodguy
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.

Re: 28 Cat Ketch wheel size

PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:46 am
by andygc
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.

Re: 28 Cat Ketch wheel size

PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:02 pm
by eodguy
Great idea, thanks!

Re: 28 Cat Ketch wheel size

PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:48 am
by 1980raven
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.