I am new here. Considering purchase of an SO32i Lift Keel, Tiller steer.
Compared to most the Genoa sheet winch on SO32i seems positioned very far aft? Probably ideal for use by helm on wheel steered version, any thoughts on how it is with tiller steer? Are the winch op. and helm awkwardly in each others way when tacking?
Any thoughts on Wheel V Tiller on this particular boat? I have read with interest the thread on Lift keel pennant rope and feel I can deal with that. I currently have GibSea 76 Lift keel & tiller which I love but like myself it's getting on!
Any other thoughts on things I should look out for on 32i much appreciated.
Strange, on the SO32 (no 'i') the winches are lot further forward.
We have a 32 (no 'i'). The wheel and pedestal take up a lot of cockpit space, and obstruct the view when you're sitting at anchor watching the world go by. There is also some intrusion into the rear cabin (ours is the single rear cabin version). On the flip side the pedestal gives you a useful grab handle and somewhere to put the instruments (although that does mean that to see the instruments you have to be permanently in the "prat position", i.e. standing up behind the wheel). With regards to actually steering the boat, I guess that's down to personal preference. The wheel is probably less physically demanding over long periods.
Thanks Mike, interesting thoughts on cockpit space etc. We sail short hops and lots of lazy time in cockpit so tiller sounds good. On our current boat i handle main & genoa from one position forward of helm, this doesn't seem possible on 32i. Appreciate your comments very much.
Hi I've sailed a 32 with tiller for 10 years. I've changed the mainsheet arrangement so it is fixed in the cockpit and the boat is now really easy to sail single handed which is good for my nearly always complement of me and the wife. On longer trips eg across North Sea we use our faithful tiller pilot which is excellent in most conditions. The tiller means the cockpit is huge. And yes the winches are further forward and jsut in the right place for tiller steering. I also had a new longer tiller made which means I can get some shelter from the sprayhood if needed.
Hi Billy....I did post some photos of my mainsheet arrangement a few years ago but I can't find them on the forum at the moment. I'll keep looking. Basically I designed and had made a stainless steel plate and a backing plate to replace the cockpit table plate on the floor of the cockpit[tiller version]. This had 3 stainless U bolt type hoops welded on, to one of which I attached the mainsheet block arrangement from the boom via a 6 pulley set up thus doing away with the cabin top sheeting system which I found annoying. The other 2 hoops allow for different position of main block or you could clip on your safety line. This has worked well and though you have to be aware of the main in the cockpit it means you can now dump/trim the main from the helm. It also helps centralise the main. Also the mainsheet block can be unclipped when at 'rest' and secured to the pushpit out of the way leaving the cockpit clear.
I think the winches were moved back on the 32i because most people were buying wheel steered boats. I'll try and find the pictures. Ron
Hi Billy ......well I've found it really works for me and means the boat can be single handed from the helm which is very useful when only 2 up which is how I sail most of the time. You could of course go one step further and install a traveller across the cockpit. There is a thread on here somewhere about that. I think I would probably fall over one of those but they would do an even better job.
Thanks Malcolm next time I'll get it right. Cheers Ron
Cheers Ron, i’ve seen the cockpit traveller posts. Seems overkill for my kind of sailing! I’m still not clear on the ergonomics of Genoa winch position on tiller steered 32i. Would love to hear thoughts from anyone who sails one? Billy