In my more than 30 years as a boat builder/yacht broker, I have enjoyed visiting hundreds of pilothouses. From 30 feet to 100 feet, tiny to opulent, at boat shows for a quick walkthrough and underway for days on end. My career has allowed me to cruise thousands of miles offshore — standing watch, drinking coffee and observing (mostly with clients doing training deliveries). You can learn something from every boat you visit if you look around with an open mind. That’s how I’ve compiled my list of pilothouse add-ons.
I travel with a camera and all of those clicks have resulted in a huge collection of images cataloging the items skippers consider convenient necessities. Most of the trawlers I’m on are run by owner-operators, not professional crew. Typically, they are an adventurous couple organizing, managing and maintaining their trawler by themselves. One thing all boaters seem to share is the propensity to find creative solutions.
We are all familiar with what is standard equipment and expected gear in a wheelhouse. “That’s a good idea” and “Why didn’t I think of that?” blend together when I see a new tip or trick. I light up with excitement, take a photo and add it to my list. This list has become long and I’ve come to accept that it will never be complete. It seems like now is as good a time as any to show others some of my discoveries. I’ve compiled some of my favorites here.
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Light in a pinch
In emergency lighting situations, more light is always better
Terra Nova and Scott of the Antarctic
The barque Terra Nova was specially reinforced for working in polar sea ice
Snagged anchors and empty gas bottles
Mishaps on a mid-Med adventure
Reports of aggressive killer whales
Orcas have reportedly attacked sailboats recently off Spain and
Prized pilothouse possessions
The pilothouse is the nerve center of a power voyagig vessel like this Selene 43 in the Bahamas.
It's not easy being green
Dealing with the scourge of seasickness
Fatal dive boat fire attributed to operator's oversight failures
The dive boat Conception on fire off Santa Cruz island in California.
Drama in the Vendee Globe solo world race
Alex Thomson’s IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss at the start of the 2020 Vendee Globe Race.
A circumnavigator's favorite ocean films
A still from the documentary Maiden, which tells the story of the first all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989-90.
Treating batteries as a system works best
Disorder on the Court
With Rafa, Roger, and Serena in the twilight of their careers, pro tennis is struggling to reform itself. Some players are taking matters into their own hands.
Fit for Life
I thought I was doing this for my mom after her stroke, but I ended up doing it for both of us
You don’t have to spend hours in the gym to reap the health benefits of exercise.
Make Your Adventure – and Your Dog's – Easier, Interesting and Fun
The devil is in the details” is an axiom for a reason: It’s easy to say. It’s infinitely harder to actually do.
Serena Williams – A New Baseline
Whether she wins that 24th Grand Slam singles title or not, tennis star and venture investor Serena Williams is working tirelessly to keep her career in play,
Plan Your Family Holiday Now!
A holiday away with the family can be a great time for everyone, and leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. However, it is also something that needs to be planned early to get the most out of it - between mum, dad, older kids, younger kids, and maybe pets or grandparents, you could all end up enjoying yourselves as a family… or needing a holiday to get over your holiday!
Giants iconic quarterback is enjoying his retirement
A content Mann is moving forward
At Home Round Robin auction benefits elders-in-need
Sales generate $5,000
Was Charlotte Dod the Greatest Athlete Ever?
The remarkable career of a Victorian athletic phenom—and the legacy that wasn’t
TEN TIPS TO CARE FOR YOURSELF - WHILE CARING FOR SOMEONE ELSE
When giving your all in the sacred role of caring for a loved one, an essential piece is often missing from the equation: YOU! You cannot stop living your life. It will not be good for you, and it will certainly not be good for your loved one. The moment you feel trapped, a host of other negative qualities and unhealthy emotions—resentment, anger, impatience, irritability— will begin to creep in.