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Can anyone explain the difference between:
1. pilot house
2. wheel house
3. dog house
4. deck saloon

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Admittedly many of these are used interchangeably but I''ll take a shot at interperting...willing to stand corrected!

Pilot house...Standing headroom enclosure on deck of boat that includes steering station and gernerally room for others as well to be on deck while out of the weather.

Wheel House...same as Pilot House but generally smaller with chief function being steering.

Dog House- any raised cabin structure above deck level.

Deck Saloon- Raised mid-ships cabin which often does NOT enclose a steering station but provides above deck seating, viewing and comfort for crew with other living quarters on boat generally a few steps downn from saloon.

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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.

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