I have a boat that wasn't designed with a pilothouse, but the cockpit
was modified into a pilothouse. This modification has proved to be a great addition. The wheel
pilot is there and out of the weather
. when the heater failed and I ran aground with an approaching northeaster in January, I retreated to the pilothouse and found it was warmer than the rest of the cabin
, hot air rises. I could sleep there, but uncomfortably. It has instant access to the deck
, if something should imperil the boat. My nav equipment
could run there without getting trashed by the weather
. I could listen to the radio
out of the wind
and look at a chart without getting it wet. Out of the wind
and weather hypothermia is less of a threat.
When the boat is plodding along, the pilothouse ends up being the place to sit and view, through the portlights
, all around, and have a pot of soup or coffee. I like being on deck
and the wind and spray, but that environment
impedes some of the activities that are essential to properly operating the boat.