E32-3 / San Francisco
Like a lot other similar boats, there is currently a Yacht Specialities destroyer wheel on my Ericson 32-3 mounted on an Edson pedestal. As I'm contemplating adding an auto-pilot, I'm also thinking it's a good time for a wheel upgrade. The current wheel measures to just under 36" OD. And I'm thinking of going with the Lewmar 40" folding wheel:
Diameter: 40" (1016 mm), 6-Spoke with Hide Cover, Dual Hub fits 1" Morse Taper Shaft and 1" Straight Shaft, Applications 25 mm / 1" Tapered Keyed Shaft Ensures Positive Fit
I figure the folding parts will get it 'out of the way when not under way'. A few extra inches could provide a little more ease of steering while sitting outboard, not to mention a little extra leverage when seas & winds are high.
Is this the right size for this boat? Anyone have any experience to share here? Pros, cons? Jokes?