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Old 06-09-2013, 11:58 PM   #1
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When is your flybridge unsafe?

A boat's motion is magnified the further distance from its center. Waves and wakes can create violent motions in a boat. A flybridge magnifies such effects. So, when do you "abandon" the flybridge for a safer position? or do you just use it in the most benign of conditions? Curious, as I'm flybridge "deficient."
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:10 AM   #2
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My wannabe flybridge



Hah! Only in the berth.
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:13 AM   #3
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Our flying bridge is where we sit at the end of the day with a cool beverage. I prefer operating the boat from below for the reason you state among others.
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:29 AM   #4
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Hope I can get off this hard-rocking flybridge safely! Note "death grip."

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when the wind speed hits 25knots and the swells about 8ft
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:35 AM   #6
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We purchased a flybridge deficient boat on purpose. We failed to find one we liked on a sub 30' boat. Thus far we've had no regrets.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:47 AM   #7
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when the motion is great enough to make it so.

could be dangerous in a smaller slop or be perfectly safe in 30 foot swells....there's also a difference between the vessel's entire crew going up and down and lounging all day and the helm watch operating from up there as the preferred station for whatever reason.

it's only as dangerous as the crew is careless.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:49 AM   #8
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I love the pilot house. That being said, the flybridge can't be beat for maneuvering in/out of the slip or fuel dock. It's also an excellent place for gatherings at anchor or even at the dock.

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I find the flybridge perfectly safe in most any condition- the height differential isn't that great that I worry about it.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:36 AM   #10
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Sportfishers only have a flybridge helm yet they go out in much rougher conditions than trawlers.
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Sportfishers only have a flybridge helm yet they go out in much rougher conditions than trawlers.
Yup- I grew up fishing on Bertram, Skipjacks, and the like. Never had problems, and enjoyed the greater visibility to find the fish.
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:39 AM   #12
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We purchased a flybridge deficient boat on purpose. We failed to find one we liked on a sub 30' boat. Thus far we've had no regrets.
Capt. Craig, it is offensive to refer to such craft as "flybridge deficient". We have been fighting against such prejudicial remarks. I am surprised that one of our own would do such a thing.
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Capt. Craig, it is offensive to refer to such craft as "flybridge deficient".
Re-read OP's post number 1.
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Sportfishers only have a flybridge helm yet they go out in much rougher conditions than trawlers.
At much higher speeds. I love being on the flybridge on my sister's Post, not so much my parents Mainship.
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:31 PM   #15
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I like the flybridge for visibility, particularly offshore looking for crab pots. For safety, I rig jacklines and use tethers and life jackets (suspender types) for the crew to maneuver safely.
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It becomes unsafe just before you realize it's too rough to risk the transit from the upper to the lower helm...
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Capt. Craig, it is offensive to refer to such craft as "flybridge deficient". We have been fighting against such prejudicial remarks. I am surprised that one of our own would do such a thing.
Ted, I appreciate the thought but Don is correct as always. I shouldn't have taken the bait.

A thousand pardons Brother Don. What act of penance will be required before I'm allowed to hit 4,000+ RPM again sir?
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Ted, I appreciate the thought but Don is correct as always. I shouldn't have taken the bait.

A thousand pardons Brother Don. What act of penance will be required before I'm allowed to hit 4,000+ RPM again sir?
4000 rpm! Now you're talking. Take her out and enjoy.
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:19 PM   #19
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I always run the boat from the flybridge.
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