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Old 06-10-2013, 10:24 AM   #21
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I prefer the flybridge to navigate from as it offers better visibility
I would prefer a flybridge but can't scramble down the ladder anymore to get a line on the dock. Since I'm by myself 95% of the time, just walking from the salon to the swim step affords me the quickest & safest route to the dock. Also, the view from my helm is not bad.
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:25 AM   #22
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Why do we need a flybridge? Oh yeah, it's that visibility thing.

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Old 06-10-2013, 10:47 AM   #23
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Why do we need a flybridge? Oh yeah, it's that visibility thing.

Christ! It's Ernest Hemingway!
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:53 AM   #24
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It's Ernest Hemingway!
There................that's much better!
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:00 AM   #25
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Ran my downeast boat 10 yrs w/o the flybridge b/4 I added it. It was like getting a new boat. I would never be without one on a boat now. In addition to the extra pleasure and seating, better close quaters and night visability to name 2.
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:07 AM   #26
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Christ! It's Ernest Hemingway!
Funny thing about razors. As Hemmingway found, they just don't seem to work in the islands.
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:25 AM   #27
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In the warmer drier south climes they seem to make sense? However in the PNW not so much as most of them are enclosed year around. On a pilot house a fly is not necessary as visibility is reasonable also when docking many prefer the lower helm so they are closer to the dock. Lastly being a live aboard, and getting older we get enough/to much sun so we tend to stay in the pilot as much as possible and of course when it rains. Over the years our skin has taken its toll, dark spots and wrinkles.

I can't think of any reason for a fly!
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Old 06-10-2013, 02:04 PM   #28
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To answer the question posed in another thread, a flybridge becomes unsafe when the view from it is so distracting that it interferes with the safe operation of the vessel.

http://www.trawlerforum.com/forums/a...1&d=1370836041
I would have thought this answer would have ended the discussion...it's the only answer that will ever make enough sense to convince anybody here....

although having piloted a very small commercial vessel with chest high pilothouse windows with a half dozen scantily clad women on board leaning against those windows...a flybridge would have been MUCH less distracting...
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:08 PM   #30
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Hey, I think I recognize those girls!

OK so maybe there is one? But don't tell my wife!
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:37 PM   #31
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Hey, I think I recognize those girls!

You referring to the speckled ones of upper portion on right? Years ago I knew their twin sisters... well!
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:48 PM   #32
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:51 PM   #33
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Like Brooksie said, I boated for 30 years without a flybridge. My first trawler (an American Tug 34) didn't have one, and I thought I would never want one. I always thought that boats looked better without flying bridges, and I poo-pooed them as unnecessary. I actually passed on looking at boats just because they had a flybridge.

All that changed when I bought a Sabreline 36 Flybridge Sedan. At first I didn't want to "pay" for the flybridge and thought I would never use it. Man, was I wrong. In the 4 years we had that boat, the very few times we were at the lower station were only when it was just too raw to be up top. I became a complete convert. It was a revelation.

For me, the reasons to have it are what everyone else has already mentioned. Visibility being the biggest plus, both when underway and in close quarters docking - an unobstructed 360 degree just can't be beat. Even my wife likes the 'visibility' for sightseeing - it's just a lot more fun to be up higher, with a better view, out in the breeze. It's like being in a convertible car, but with much less turbulence (cruising at 16 kts instead of 60 mph).

After that experience, we would never be without a flybridge. But, in a nod to practicality, I would never have a boat without an enclosed lower station, for those times when we're caught out in weather too unpleasant to be up top, and we always use a bimini top on the flybridge to keep the sun off our aging skin.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:03 PM   #34
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Maybe if you guys who don't like flying bridges would boat where the water is clear enough to see the bottom, you'd change your mind. I've seen some pretty nice bottoms from my flying bridge.

Damn I wish I had a picture to go with that statement. You guys will make one up in your minds anyway.
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they come in handy when squeaking under bridges....
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:41 PM   #36
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Fly Bridge / Sun Deck... Well above water - place to pilot, space to spread out, relax... scenery galore!!

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Old 06-10-2013, 06:46 PM   #37
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Count me in as a flybridge enthusiast. I only use the pilot house for overnight passages and inclement weather. The only complaint we have about the Nordhavn 43 is that the FB is pretty small. It's OK for the two of us, but not much room for guests. I also greatly prefer the visibility from the FB when docking.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:06 PM   #38
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This is a photo I took from my 54' Sport Fisher. That's my niece Corrine who was 28 at the time and really screwed up. I did my very best to try and help her out but after 6 or 7 months, I gave up.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:32 PM   #39
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This is a photo I took from my 54' Sport Fisher. That's my niece Corrine who was 28 at the time and really screwed up. I did my very best to try and help her out but after 6 or 7 months, I gave up.
That is definitely a dangerous flybridge.
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Had my fill of outdoor boating on sailboats. ... Avoid expense, duplication of helm/navigation station, and excess windage with just a pilothouse.

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