Originally Posted by Ocean Breeze NL
Good day Marin, Do you find the flybridge feed tube annoying being right in the center of your helm wheel? I looked at a converted Lobster Trawler before I purchased mine and it had a similar wiring channel and I decided against the purchase.
Like the brace tube that runs diagonally across in front of the pilot in many smaller floatplanes like Cessnas, we don't even see the cable chase in front of the lower helm anymore. And we always drive from the lower helm.
So it's no issue whatsoever. I know it looks visually intimidating when you first see it but it takes no time at all before it becomes "invisible." Every GB has one and I have never talked to a GB owner who even brought it up so my guess is that, like us, they simply don't see it anymore.
We've had guests aboard some of whom were experienced boaters and others not so much, and when we've let them drive none of them has ever said a word about the chase in front of them.
This is why I find it amusing when people like Eric talk about the distraction of a bow rail out in front of them. Like the cable chase, our bow rail is totally "invisible" to us. We don't even see it anymore when were watching the water out ahead of it and it never obstructs anything, even a little crab pot float. The boat is aways moving and, standing or standing, the person at the helm is always moving a little. So the bow rail never obscures anything, even a little stick in the water, for more than a fraction of a second.
So in practical and perceptual terms our forward visibility is completely unobstructed.