We got rid of those on our boat because it was annoying getting constantly stabbed in the side when walking past it. Lexmark makes a spindle which fits on the side rail which I use sometimes to put the wheel and get it out of the way entirely.So you are not a fan of a folding wheel?
I have one and like using it. Or at least I did until last season when I fancied up the wheel and wrapped it in paracord. I didn’t miss it so now it’s in the to be sold pile.I got this for Christmas, haven't tried it yet but it came recommend by other 310 owners.
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Spokes on the wheel are great most of the time, but when backing down, they can be dangerous if the wheel starts spinning due to the pressure exerted on the rudder. I had wondered why all the spokes on the wooden wheel of the work boat I was crew on, had been cut off. When I was backing down one day, the wheel started spinning like crazy, and I would have broken a hand when I grabbed the wheel to stop it, if the spokes were still in place.You got me thinking. Now the pain has subsided I wonder if 2 or 3 strategically placed (folding/clamp on ?) spokes might be a good solution.
Inexpensive, out the way when not wanted, versatile.