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Old 10-18-2010, 09:01 AM   #21
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RE: Helmsman's physical position on trawlers

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Hey Skip,


What's a bolster?

Some Helm Seats have a portion of the seat that folds*up*from the front of the seat. It allows you to lean on it. It creates a leaning post so you can stand and lean back against it. Gives more space between the wheel and the seat.
*I just have found that if the*water gets lumpy you will find yourself standing more than sitting. Also convient when docking.

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Old 10-18-2010, 10:44 AM   #22
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RE: Helmsman's physical position on trawlers

shrimp,Yes. We've been through this before and the main reason is that oncoming vessels from your stbd side have the right of way. And since their helm is on the stbd side they can't see you as well so the responsibility is passed on to you when you can see them well on your stbd side. The stbd helm is best and especially if you have a left hand wheel going fwd so the stern of your vessel will pull to stbd when backing (as in final act when making a typical landing).
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Old 10-18-2010, 10:50 AM   #23
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SD,Had to think for a few min and reread you. Yes I remember that when I was shopping for the helm sead. It does about the same thing as the sliding seat and that's what I wound up with. And when I slide it back I do frequently do lean my butt back on it. Thanks.
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:30 AM   #24
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RE: Helmsman's physical position on trawlers

Driving about is mostly done on AP, so as long as you can see and take controll if needed , most anything works.

The docking drill is usually more work than just putting.

The helm is good if you can see both ends easily , usually standing , and can go outside to handle a single line if alone.
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RE: Helmsman's physical position on trawlers

may be it's just us, but most Australian built boats have the helm on the port side of the wheelhouse.
As most passing is done red to red if possible then the helm is on the side of the approaching vessel.

For a helm seat I have a small bench , not very comfortable but then i don't use it that much.
Mostly standing excepton very long passages then sit at helm in most comfortable mannar possible but still not a sleeping position.
Up and about keeping watch ahead and astern so very comfortable sitting position not that important for me.

I know on our rig tenders the deck ornaments like a pretty comfortable helm seat.

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RE: Helmsman's physical position on trawlers

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may be it's just us, but most Australian built boats have the helm on the port side of the wheelhouse.
As most passing is done red to red if possible then the helm is on the side of the approaching vessel.
I would have thought it was because you drive on*land vehicles*"wrong" side of the road.

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