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post #2 of Old 10-13-2004
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I have never sailed a pilot house equiped boat. Is it that much differnt than any other boat? I would think if you have some mythod of self steering (say an autohelm) that you could leave the wheel long enough to handle other important issues with halyards, sheets, or any other lines that need attention. I have a BIG problem with boaters that see a pilot system as a first mate that they can leave incharge of a boat without a lookout. That a differnt question though.. Sheltere is the only reason I can think of that makes a boater want a pilothouse. Storm or sun having shelter can be nice... As for me anything more than a dodger make a boat.... well kinda ugly.. Sorry
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