Or use Otto the helmsman.
Yep, another one of those compromises.
Some folks really don't like the Catana outboard
helms. We really love 'em. I won't go into the pros here, but for us they far outweigh the cons. Your mileage may vary.
I think the sun exposure aspect is the biggest downside. I've seen pictures of mini-biminis, but I would probably not adopt that "solution." It would only really be effective if the sun was very high. I have a 24" stool that sits on the cockpit
bench right behind the saloon
window under the bimini
. I can sit there in the shade and see 360 degrees very nicely - and have a big area on the coach roof to sit my lunch. Nice breeze, too, if I have the windshield out.
Keep in mind that these boats are intended to be blue water passage
makers. Once you're out there straightlining, there's not much need to hand steer.