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a pilot house by any other name
I like Camaraderie''s basic definitions although I would refine them a little. Pilot houses and wheel houses can be partially open to the weather or totally enclosed. They may be literally at deck level, but also are sometimes located below or above the main deck level.
Doghouses are a cabin structure that is raised above a trunk cabin. These were very popular in the 1960''s. (Think of the aft end of the cabin on boats like a Pearson Vanguard or Alberg 30.) I do not think of these as having steering stations.
Deck salon is a relatively new term and seems to apply to raised deck salons in which their cabin sole is raised above the level of the cabin soles in the rest of the boat. This results in the coach roof being raised above this area of the boat. Raised salons othen result in a larger engine room below their sole and a better view point from within, at the price of being a less comfortable area from a motion comfort vantage point.