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Old 11-01-2019, 06:20 PM
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Default Need to find a classic downeast steering wheel.

I have a destroyer style steering wheel on my down easter, It's cold, annoying and aesthetically ugly. So I want to replace it with the classic style wooden wheel that looks something like the one shown in the picture. I can go a little bit bigger to about 20-22" diameter inclusive if the handle grips. I wish I had submitted a photo of the current wheel but it appears to have a 1/2" nut on a shaft that is about 1 & 1/4'. So I look online and while the destroyer size wheels are abbey 65.00 the ones I like are multi hundreds of dollars. Am I looking in the wrong place?. Where can I get these for a reasonable price? The ones I see on the net look like wall hangings and not designed with keyways. Am I looking in the wrong places?



Plain is fine, as long as I can install it.

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​​​​​How about doing some coxcombing for a more traditional look?


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https://edsonmarine.com/products/sai...-yacht-wheels/
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Somehow, I didn't expect them to cost that much since yiuo can get a destroyer style wheel for about 65.00.
I should love to know who is paying thousands of dollars for a wheel

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Here's a variety of prices for you. Decorative and actual working wheels.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=boat+steering+wheel+wood&hvadid=78683852274574&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvqmt=e&tag=mh0b-20&ref=pd_sl_45vtvk04n4_e
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Thank you....I have two figure out mounting options and what mods if any I have to make. This gets very complicated for me.
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One thing to think about with a spoked wheel, is what if you fall on one of the spokes or you catch your jacket on a spoke in a rough seaway. I always want a rimmed wheel. Boats with traditional wheels are available with a wooden rim--and are safer.
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I have a spoke wheel from a Chris Craft , I will check the size and shaft dia . and get back to you ,,its in my antique shop
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Looking forward to hearing from you
if you want call my store in the morning , I open at 10 am, I may have another helm that may work also...
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Checkout this guy , shop located in Hanson Mass.
https://www.southshoreboatworks.com/
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Nitecap the wheel I have is 22 inches dis . The shaft size is 7/8 with a sleeve so it can be changed .it has a nice chrome band inlay .price 195.00 if you want photo call me it's in my store and I will be here till 5
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Originally Posted by thataway View Post
One thing to think about with a spoked wheel, is what if you fall on one of the spokes or you catch your jacket on a spoke in a rough seaway. I always want a rimmed wheel. Boats with traditional wheels are available with a wooden rim--and are safer.

Hmmmm,...... I understand what you are saying, but I’ve never had a problem.





Something to be aware of with those Far East import wheels is that (I know) at least some of them are put together with steel fastenings.
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NedLlyod-Sweet looking helm. What kind of boat?
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Originally Posted by RickC137 View Post
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wood wheels look good on the right boats. Especially wood boats .
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Originally Posted by mbb View Post
wood wheels look good on the right boats. Especially wood boats .
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That's on my to-do list. I need to find a wheel with slightly more diameter and less "dish". That looks great.


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Originally Posted by RickC137 View Post
That's on my to-do list. I need to fine a wheel with slightly more diameter and less "dish". That looks great.
Its very functional
non-slip when wet, warmer feel in cold, and cooler in sun
Heavy stainless wheel in sun gets too hot to touch in summer here, without gloves or cool off with damp towel first.



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NedLlyod-Sweet looking helm. What kind of boat?
She is a 1957 33ft Hubert Johnson Jersey sea skiff, Jersey white cedar lapstrake on steam bent oak ribs

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