Yachts with raised wheelhouse

Raised Pilothouse

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Motor yachts with a raised pilothouse have existed for more than 50 years. Such a layout of the superstructure is used mainly on boats that are 20–40 m in length. Its specific feature is that the enclosed wheelhouse is located on a dedicated “semi-deck” between the main deck and flybridge or sundeck where separate gangways lead. It is believed that during the evolution of yacht design, the pilothouse began to “move” upward as engineers sought to increase the height of the engine compartment.

Typically, on large yachts, the pilothouse combines a helm station and a small saloon from where passengers can observe the captain’s work. On trawler-type boats, the so-called Portuguese bridge is often arranged just in front of the pilothouse. A Portuguese bridge is a pass-through passage from the port to the starboard.

The advantage of such superstructure is that the captain gets the best view of the water area and the owner gets a very spacious master suite located forward on the main deck or, for example, a dining room and galley in country style next to the saloon. The main drawback of this economical layout is the reduction of the usable flybridge area, which is partly solved by the extension of the flybridge to the aft.