Originally Posted by ian parkes
Why not , you seem to have an idea that a tiller affords less control or ability
from your vidios you appear to be sat side by side on what looks like a bench seat ? you wouldn't cope with anything like the conditions you can holding a line with one hand and the tiller with another with your legs braced as shock absorbers .
It takes a longer to get used to a tiller i agree but in a small rib or sib its the best way for rough sea controll just watch some vids of lifeguards or the RNLI or zap cat racers .
as for cruising distance just set the friction screw and all you need is one hand resting on the tiller .
if you have a steering damper which is necessary i think for a 40 or 50 then its even easier . I use a bungee cord system from the tiller to the side of the boat and it works very well .
All depends what you're using your boat for - and when.
On one of those videos it was dark and -6 when we launched and dark again and -8 when we came back. There's just no way I'd be holding on to a tiller and sitting on a tube in those conditions for 20 miles with ten hours fishing in the middle.
I'd say that for endurance and safety you can't beat a quality console set-up - especially when you're also having to keep a close eye on GPS and sonar screens over long distances.