Its not just in cooler climates that where the newer designs helm postions are very exposed. In Croatia
(and I am sure in any other location with high altitude sun),you fry without a decent bimimi and the little pram hoods used on upper helm positions provide very little shade unless the sun is dead overhead. I can also imagine what it would be like helming down the English Channel
into a typical British summer southwesterly which probably explains why you see few of these boats in North Europe
unless they are migrating southwards.
Helming our Athena is 95% done by autopilot
, and I spend very little time at the helm postion unless in close quarters. The rest of the time I am keeping watch wandering around the cockpit looking over the cabin
top and in the main saloon
through the windows.
The main benefit I can see in the raised helms is bringing all the sheets
to the helm, which makes single
handed handling much easier and which of course is a reasonably simple mod anyway.
At least the FP raised helm designs are relatively low and don't require a ridiculously high boom!