Jim I can understand your comment on kinda ugly Bimini helm stations but un seamanlike is a bit strange. Do you mean they can look more like a tent than a boat? I agree they're not the most delicate design but the practicality and safety
factor is pretty good. As you can see from one of our recent sails
, all round visibility is pretty bloody good from this position. I agree it would be better on the starboard side because as you can see visibility is much better to port and as we are on a port tack and have to give way to starboard tack, or if motoring, the starboard sector is more important to watch. Not a huge issue as we regularly have a good look all round from the starboard aft deck
as well. I doubt any other helm configuration gives quite as good 360 degree views from around a 4m from the water
viewpoint. Unzipped the Bimini helm gives clear views and good situational awareness and zipped quickly gives full protection and safety from the elements. Usually on night passages the side is zipped and it's impossible to fall overboard
without trying really hard. The biminis are usually optional extras so the same location and view can be possible without the tent, but the practicality of protection from the elements outweighs the visual appeal for us. I can't imagine appreciating another form of helm as much as the Bimini type unless it was something similar to C44's twin bulkhead helms. I did sail a Seawind
1000 with twin bulkhead helms and from memory they worked quite well and didn't interfere with the cockpit layout too much.