Originally Posted by Steady Hand
Seeing over a pilothouse is an issue with SOME or MOST pilothouse boats. Some boats have terrible forward visibility from the aft cockpits. There is a recent Shannon boat that comes to mind.
I mentioned the raised aft deck helm
position of the Nauticats (e.g. 43 or 44 etc.). From what I can see in videos and still photos, those appear to have very good forward visibility from the outside/aft helm
, when the boat has the raised aft deck
Here is a photo
of my "dream boat" the Seal, with a view showing the helm being handled by a woman (I guess she is 5'7'' or shorter) and from this POV it seems that she can see over the Pilothouse easily with almost complete visibility forward while standing. In fact, the visibility appears to be better than many boats that have dodgers and no pilothouse.
I am taller, so I don't "see" a problem with it.
Freedom 39 pilothouse schooner has great over the top visibility.