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Old 10-13-2012, 11:08 PM   #21
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The Ocean Breeze has the lower helm on the Starboard side with the flybridge being centred.

Coming into my Oceanside property the dock is on the port-side unless I back in. Once the Marina is built I will have to do a Y ( back out and head forward between the wharf and break-water ) manoeuvre if I face in or will have to do a C manoeuvre if I dock backing in.

I prefer to dock using the lower helm but using the flybridge is as comfortable for me.

I have found that many places I pull in while out on excursions I dock with the wharf on the starboard. Again, it doesn't really matter which side I dock on, all is about the same for me.

You know it never ever cross my mind why different boats switch with the helm to either port or starboard but I guess it all has to do with layout preferences from the designers.

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Old 10-14-2012, 12:04 AM   #22
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Lower helm starboard,flybridge centered, IG36.
Previous boat,Masters 34: port helm, no flybridge helm, left hand prop, BruceK
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:51 AM   #23
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Pilothouse helm and flybridge are both centerline. Works great in the PH w/doors P&S, so I can assist w/lines once the stern is secured.
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Old 10-14-2012, 01:42 PM   #24
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Although most boats I've owned over the years have the helm to starboard, I've operated boats with port helms, and to be honest found no difference.

If you are single handing and have a helm door, it is nice to have the stern back to the same side, but that is a side issue. (No pun intended!)
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:05 PM   #25
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Helm to Port

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Propwalk is to port in reverse, so the helm is to port with engine controls accessible from side deck through door.
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:30 PM   #26
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Our Tolly stations are FB CL / Salon Stbd, next to slider door. Have had several boats... Majority had same set up as our Tolly. 31'. Uni (2nd pict) was port in salon, but that never bothered me cause I always like to pilot from bridge. O/b's and ski boat are/were all stbd. I prefer stbd to port in salon and CL on bridge.
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:00 AM   #27
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Most boats will set up so the helm is on the same side as the prop walk causes the boat to be docked.
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:47 AM   #28
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Pilothouse = center. My previous boat was port side in a 1942 Monk bridge-deck sedan.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:01 AM   #29
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Flybridge center
Lower Starboard
That is how mine is configured as well.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:00 PM   #30
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Flybridge - Centerline
Pilot house - Centerline
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:12 PM   #31
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Both wheelhouse and aft station to port. This was the "working side" when operating as a commercial vessel. The hull is heavily reinforced on the port side where the pot hauler used to be. Reverse prop walk is to port also which makes for easy reversing into the berth using the aft station.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:49 PM   #32
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I have a Starboard/Port Switch button inside that makes it easy to dock either side. Grandson just loves it..

Granddaughters on the other hand like things a little more central.
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:09 PM   #33
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Most boats will set up so the helm is on the same side as the prop walk causes the boat to be docked.
Yes! If not, the boat's designer was off the mark.
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:12 PM   #34
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My helm is to starboard.

FWIW, to which direction a single screw boat backs is based on whether the propeller is left or right hand.
I thought it all had to do with which direction the sink drains.
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:07 AM   #35
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I don't know about days of yore, but most modern engine/transmission setups can be spec'd for left or right handed props.
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:06 AM   #36
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Krogen 42... centerline upstairs and down.
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:39 AM   #37
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Not that it matters, but all Nordic Tugs are Stdb. helm.

So is my truck, a HJ61 LandCruiser
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:10 AM   #38
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Stb main helm
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Dinghy slightly to Stb.
laser either side (depends which tack you are on)
All cars to port.
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:35 AM   #39
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Pilot House - central
F/B - port

We were always used to stbd untill we bought the Fleming. Only took a few days practice before we had no probs with the F/B port operation.
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:38 PM   #40
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As with many TTs, our Formosa bridge wheel is centerline and lower is starboard (hydraulic steering). We have side deck doors both P & S (as well as aft) and bulwark doors P & S as well as a transom door so docking and access is good from either side.
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