helm on the starboard or the port side?

Discussion in 'Powerboats' started by RMP, Mar 28, 2003.

?

The helm should be on the

  1. Starboard Side

    21 vote(s)
    51.2%
  2. Port Side

    6 vote(s)
    14.6%
  3. Neither - it should be in the center

    14 vote(s)
    34.1%
  1. mydauphin
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    mydauphin Senior Member

    I do wish they would have called it something else. Port is confusing and starboard is too long on my label maker, so I have a bunch of stuff labeled Star something.
     
  2. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    Hi mydauphin,
    hehehe, - - Why not label the sides: - - left=red , - right=green and then all the uneducated sailors will know... (maybe?)
     
  3. mydauphin
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    mydauphin Senior Member

    After a few hours in the sun and few drinks you just point to the side you want to go anyway . No I don't drink and boat, but sometime wished I did.
     
  4. DStaal
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    DStaal Junior Member

    Unless they are red-green colorblind...
     
  5. mydauphin
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    mydauphin Senior Member

    Actually that is not bad idea, I presently have my AC/DC wiring color coded. May be color coding fuel lines, and engine control lines.
     
  6. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    In that case the labels will be a useful and necessary aid...
     
  7. XJ9
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    XJ9 Junior Member

    I don't think that anyone has mentioned yet that a good way to remember which light is on the port side is to remember that port is always red, at least I haven't ever drank any green port and neither had my flight instructor when he taught me this. I think that straight course keeping is helped by a central helm, but most right handed, right hand drivers probably prefer a starboard driving position purely because it feels more normal, but in Australia, you still have to get used to driving on the wrong side of the river(road) which feels odd. Having said that, the helm for my build will be in the centre, mostly for fishing convenience (with such a narrow beam of about 2m, it doesn't really make any difference).

    Interestingly, most aircraft "captains" fly from the left hand seat whether the aircraft is behaving as a boat or a bird at the time. This is to give the pilot the best view out of the cockpit in the majority of situations. Most circuit directions are with turns to port and right of way situations also strive to keep the opposition on the port side where you can see them best. Aircraft have to obey maritime regulations when waterborne too - float planes and amphibious aircraft at least, probably not the accidently dunked ones.
     
  8. Submarine Tom

    Submarine Tom Previous Member

    Because they're stupid.
     
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  9. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Again, helm to port places the skipper's view towards the "action" that may occur aboard and in direct line with port to port passing situations. It also feels natural to American drivers, used to left hand steering.
     
  10. ldigas
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    ldigas Senior Member

    Dutch were the first seafaring nation?
    Were they ??

    (not challenging, just genuinly curious as to where did that statement come from)
     
  11. ldigas
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    ldigas Senior Member

    Looks like Anna Kournikova, the russian tennis pro.
     
  12. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    The Dutch weren't the first seafaring nation and everyone understands this, but many of the terms used by the Dutch, worked their way into western languages.
     
  13. alan white
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    alan white Senior Member

    BAL (BALE or BULK)+ LAST (CARGO) is the Swedish word "ballast". For instance, a cargo vehicle (truck) IS A "LAST BIL".
    At least I think so.
     
  14. Zootalaws
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    Zootalaws Junior Member

    The 'bal' part of ballast isn't bale, it is 'bar/bare - mere, unimportant' - a load of no commercial value.

    From the Danish - 14C 'barlast'.

    Corrupted by the Dutch to balglast - belly-load.
     
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  15. afteryou
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    afteryou Junior Member

    Around here the fishing boats tend to have
    the helm placed on the side they run gear from. this makes
    less of a blind spot when coming up on a bouy ect.
    Most people being right handed it is much easier
    to work the gear with your right hand to the side while
    facing fwd. so stbd side helm for longliners,
    crabbers, seiners. the gillnet boats are the
    exception for no other reason than somebody
    decided to put the drive for the gillnet drum on the port
    side. now that i think about it working the stern as they
    do it would place your right hand aft. so theres my thoughts
    sorry this is phone typed.
     
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