Tom’s Tips About Seating

1. A helmsmanís seat should be designed and positioned in a manner to minimize back and joint stress and wrist and shoulder stress. This can become a problem for many people on long passages.

2. Thereís a tendency on some large fast boats with flying bridges to move the helms seat well aft on that deck so that people can sit (party) in front. NO helms seat should be designed or placed in such a way that you canít see directly in front of you, including close in to your bow.

3. While comfort is nice, if youíre going to be making long passages, particularly overnight, donít get so comfortable that youíre likely to doze off.

4. Itís really great to have the helms person stationed where he/she can talk with other people on the boat. This can help with alertness and add to the pleasure. But in boats where the helms person is so situated, he must not hesitate to tell everybody to be quiet and stay low in congested areas or in other situations (and this will be often) where his full uninterrupted attention and concentration is required.

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