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The Real Wheel


The Real Wheel

Yet another follow up to the tacking wheel featured on the new Runalls Jaffa…

I thought it would be interesting to identify where the tacking steering pedestal really got its roots. In 1956, John “Jack” Potter commissioned the Tripp 48 TOUCHE, a center cockpit sloop built by Abeking & Rasmussen, and went on to win many races. She was unlike any other center cockpit boat, in that there were 2 cockpit wells, port & starboard with full headroom down the centerline of the boat between the wells. The pedestal, mounted on the deck between the wells, pivoted from side to side. In 1969, my family commissioned a sister to TOUCHE, called KATRINKA and built by Bristol Yachts. She had the same arrangement and the pedestal was built by Edson. Racing the boat for years, we were pretty used to the pedestal going to the high side during the tack with the helmsman. KATRINKA was beautifully restored recently at Brooklin Boat Yard and the pedestal is in fine shape. – John Winder.