Originally Posted by Snore
So what is gained with the second helm
on a cat??
The other commenters nailed it. Protection from sun exposure is the main concern.
I'm not sure why it doesn't seem to be a bigger issue for buyers in general, but most of the helms my wife and I tried at Annapolis
offered very little protection against sun exposure.
I know the Catanas and Nautitechs aren't great about that either. We did find the helm
stations of the Nautitech Open 40 to offer more coverage than expected though, mostly because of the large cockpit
top. So they seemed worth a second look at least.
The helm stations of your average Lagoon
40/42 or FP 40/42 couldn't have provided more than about 3 hours of shade it seemed. Perhaps from 10:30 to 13:30. Every time we got on one we were basically just standing right out in the sun for all the protection their high biminis offered.