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Old 17-06-2016, 09:06   #16
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Re: Curious idiot question #2

Use it a while first. Get an autopilot and you wont care where the helms are. But sure, most anything can be modified. Cable steering or hydraulic? One rudder or two?

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Old 17-06-2016, 09:26   #17
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Re: Curious idiot question #2

How much have you been drinking before asking that. Find a boat that fits your likes not one you want to do major surgery to. If t has dual helm you are probably not speaking a fixer-upper.

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No no no 😝

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Re: Curious idiot question #2

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So lets say your boat shopping, and you've found the boat you want except for 1 major problem. Lets say the one you found has double helm at the rear and you would like a single helm more toward the front. The curious idiot question is..... how hard would it be to change the helm? Is it even possible?
Double helm is a newer fashion dictated by charter fleet managers who copy it from humongous racing sailboats. On racing monsters, it allows the helmsman to have a better view of the sails & its surrounding. For cruising, I'm sure you can find an older & better boat with a single helm: For example, for $290K you can get a 49' Beneteau with double helms while for about the same price you can get a 43' Hallberg Rassy... What you loose in length & volume you gain in strength & quality! Cheers !
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Re: Curious idiot question #2

curious idiot answer buy one of the thousands of single helm boats or a tiller helm so as not to confuse the owner.
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I know what you mean about the forward helm. I see one on the SV Delos videos. Their boat is a 53 foot Amel Super Maramu. Nice boat. Pretty fast as well. But I especially like the forward helm as it allows TONs of room for electronics/controls, MUCH better overall visibility, and you get to hide under the dodger while sailing. Similar to power boats. Very nice setup.

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