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Question on Yacht Helm Ergonomics

Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by carelm, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. carelm

    carelm Senior Member

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    Are almost all yacht helm positions designed to be operated only in the standing position? In a lot of pictures of various yacht pilothouses, bridges, etc, it seems as though the only way the controls can be reached is if the helmsman is standing. If sitting in the helm chair, it appears as though the helm operator must use their feet to steer the vessel. Granted, the use of autopilot may require the helmsman to merely monitor the situation rather than actively steer the vessel. Thanks for any insight.

    Mike
  2. C4ENG

    C4ENG Senior Member

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    I have seen some wheel houses that have controls on the arm of the helms chair.
    When your off shore traveling, you will more than likely be sitting while auto pilot does it thing.
    Then when coming into harbor, you will more than likely want to be standing for best view and for you to do your thing.
  3. carelm

    carelm Senior Member

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    Thank you for your insight. I noticed the Moonen 124 reviewed on this site had the controls on the armrests as you noted. For the most part, the destroyer wheel seems to be the favored configuration with the helmsman standing while doing his/her thing.

    Thanks again,

    Mike
  4. Capt Bill11

    Capt Bill11 Senior Member

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    What he said. :)
  5. NYCAP123

    NYCAP123 Senior Member

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    Smaller yachts are often configured for seated operations, which can be a real pain when you stand and face aft to back down.

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