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Old 10-11-2012, 03:30 PM   #1
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Helm port or starboard

I was wondering how most boats are configured.

MY helm is on the port side but my boat is a one off.

So who made your boat and is she port or Starboard helm.

Why do you like it?

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Old 10-11-2012, 03:44 PM   #2
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:47 PM   #3
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My helm is to starboard. I prefer this because most stand-on vessels come from the starboard. Starboard visibility is better too when docking and the single-engine thrust moves the boat in that direction.

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Old 10-11-2012, 03:56 PM   #4
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Starboard, both upper and lower stations. I prefer docking on the starboard side for visibility and because the boat "backs to port" which makes it easier for me to get off a dock.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:06 PM   #5
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Flybridge- centerline.
Salon- starboard.
Cockpit- starrboard

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Old 10-11-2012, 04:36 PM   #6
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Flybridge helm centerline. Lower helm to Stbd. Previous boat helm to Port.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:59 PM   #7
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:11 PM   #8
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Both upper and lower are to starboard and door on main cabin is also on starboard side.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:16 PM   #9
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Monk 36, Salon S'tbd, Flybridge center.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:48 PM   #10
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Grand Banks boats have their helm to starboard and the flying bridge aligned above it since there is a mechanical connection between the two wheels. On the wood GBs and early fiberglass GBs the helm was more to the centerline of the boat but still on the starboard side of it. Later GBs have the helm position even more to starboard.

In the photo the radar/plotter on the retractable overhead mount is on the centerline of the boat.

Early GB twins had their power levers to port and their shifters to starboard. This was changed at some point to the opposite arrangement which tends to be the most common arrangement on twin engine boats today. But I really like having the shifters to starboard because when docking I can lean out the door to check our position but still be able to manipulate the shifters.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:49 PM   #11
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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.

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Lower steering on Port side
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:19 AM   #15
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I was just curious there doesn't seem to be rhyme or reason.

Must be just because the builder wanted it that way.

Seems most wheels are to starboard. A few to port.

I have grown used to my port wheel. When I drive another boat it takes a bit to orient myself to starboard. Especially when operating a twin screw.
Not difficult I just have to think for a moment sometimes.

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Old 10-12-2012, 11:42 AM   #16
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Fly bridge center line.
Salon, starboard
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flybridge- center, lower- port. ski boat- starboard. It seems most trawlers are starboard and most cruisers are port?? Jolly Time
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Pilot house starboard, no flybridge

Ski boat starboard

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Fly bridge center line.

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