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Tiller V Wheel

Discussion in 'Thinking of buying a Moody ask a question here' started by Martin Slade, 5/6/17.

  1. I want to buy a Moody 31 with bilge keel. Is there a general preference over wheel/tiller steering and is there considered to be a price variation?
     
  2. Geoff Binfield

    Geoff Binfield Geoff Binfield

    Messages:
    238
    Boat name:
    IANTHE
    Berth:
    Lossiemouth
    Boat type:
    Moody 31 MkII
    Cruising area:
    Scotland
    Martin. I have a 31mk2 bilge keel version with wheel steering. Should not think it would make much difference to purchase price at the age of the boat. Big advantage is ease of handling and especially using autopilot. Disadvantages are that rudder range is reduced in comparison, there is less room above the port side of the rear cabin berth (there is a box about 3 inches deep under the pedestal housing the linkage to the rudder) and there is the obvious restriction to space in the cockpit for socialising. However, on balance I would highly recommend the wheel version.

    Good luck wth your search. Geoff
     
  3. Thanks for the comment. I had noted the restricted room under the bulkhead in the aft cabin.
     
  4. Mike Turpin

    Mike Turpin Mike Turpin

    Messages:
    58
    Boat name:
    AQUAHOLIC
    Berth:
    Southampton
    Boat type:
    Moody 31 MkII
    Cruising area:
    South Coast
    Martin,
    As an opposite opinion i much prefer the tiller steering due to the restriction in the aft cabin. For me the aft cabin is a great feature of the M31 and with the wheel steering box added in it makes it uncomfortable to use IMHO.
    Most of my sailing is 2-8hr trips with rest of the time spent moored up so i also appreciate all the cockpit space. I think if most of my sailing was long distance (12hr+) then i might prefer the wheel and accept the compromises.
    Best thing is to view both and make your own decisions.
    Agree with Geoff that i dont think there will be a difference in price.
     
  5. John Ranson

    John Ranson John Ranson

    Messages:
    79
    Boat name:
    NAKITA
    Berth:
    Felixstowe
    Boat type:
    Moody 31 MkII
    Cruising area:
    Deben
    Hi Martin, I have had the tiller version for a very long time and prefer it because I can single-hand sail with the tiller between my legs while attending to all the spaghetti. Everything is to hand, then afterwards stand the tiller up to get an empty cockpit. Yes an auto-helm is essential for the long trips, but that's the same for both types. I also think you get a bit more shelter from the sprayhood as when helming with a tiller you are further forward than being behind a wheel.
    Good hunting,
    John
     
  6. Dick Holness

    Dick Holness Dick Holness

    Messages:
    3,866
    Boat name:
    CANTATA
    Berth:
    Swale Marina, Kent
    Boat type:
    Moody 36(90s)
    Cruising area:
    East Coast France Belgium Holland
    I agree with the others - personally I think a 31 of any make would be better with a tiller.
     
  7. James Everiss

    James Everiss James Everiss

    Messages:
    65
    Boat name:
    TWILIGHT
    Berth:
    Chichester Marina
    Boat type:
    Moody 31 MkII
    Cruising area:
    Solent and Channel.
    I tried both before I bought my Mk 11 with tiller and although I really fancied a wheel I found that it really compromised the room in the cockpit. The cockpit is really nice and roomy but it surprised me just how much a wheel option would impact on the room.
     
  8. David Ellis

    David Ellis David Ellis

    Messages:
    282
    Boat name:
    POSSIBLY
    Berth:
    Parkstone YC
    Boat type:
    Moody 35
    Cruising area:
    South Coast
    Our old M31 came with a wheel, and we were on the cusp of changing back to a tiller when we upgraded to our M35. Party space in a M31 with a wheel is severely compromised.

    David