Northeast - Down East Style Boat Helm On What Side?

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Bruce H
02-20-2010, 05:32 PM
Been looking at many down east style work boats and have seen the helm on port side of boat. Along the northshore of MA many of the work boats have their controls and hauler on the starboard? Is this just a captains choice or a purpose?

Thanks


luckytuna
02-20-2010, 09:01 PM
it up to you or the builder , i have friend that have it on both

GerryRM3
02-21-2010, 09:04 AM
Most of the downeasters I worked when I was lobstering and commercial fishing on had the helm on the starboard side. Know of one guy that prefered his on the port. We called his boats side arsed. I think traditionaly speaking you'll find the starboard side is the prefered side.
One theory is that is because most people are right handed or we forceably taught to use the right hand for penmanship in school years ago.


Bruce H
02-21-2010, 12:12 PM
Thanks all Glad I'm not that too far gone! I was on Craigslist Maine looking at downeast work boats and almost all said they were left side helmed

I know I know its Maine! just seemed strange

boatmanalso
02-21-2010, 01:46 PM
There is a reason. for the most part. Most boats are built to the owners spec . The reason for the helm on starboard side is , when you are working , you can work and pay attention to what you are doing involving work opposed to pay attention to what everyone else is doing. Commercial fishermen who are working have the right of way so theoretically , the operator should only have to pay attention to what he is doing. With the starboard veiw as the natural site of vision it is less effort to pay attention for safty reasons. Most builds are finished with a former boats helm placement since that is what the owner is use to. Work boats are also likely to be built to handle local coditions.

Sleeper
02-21-2010, 05:39 PM
It actually isn't about operating the boat or navigation rules it's simply about what side a single operator wants to work a hauler. Right handed lobsterman want the hauler on their right hand.

boatmanalso
02-21-2010, 06:04 PM
It actually isn't about operating the boat or navigation rules it's simply about what side a single operator wants to work a hauler. Right handed lobsterman want the hauler on their right hand.

I didn't know that, I been a single operater for most of my 33 years of lobstering, I am right handed and haul off my starboard side. Now my Bro in law has been doing it a little longer than me but he is left handed and hauls off the starboard side. I also know a couple right handed guys that haul off the port side. But almost every boat in my harbor hauls starboard reguardless of left or right handed. Maybe you just were told that from someone who didn't know?

ladyjane
02-22-2010, 02:34 PM
I know the right handed thing goes for the watermen down on the chespeake.I have a downeast and have been on a few all helms at the starboard

boatmanalso
02-22-2010, 03:45 PM
I know the right handed thing goes for the watermen down on the chespeake.I have a downeast and have been on a few all helms at the starboard

Yea , I buy a port helm for my car.. that way I can work the shift with my right had.. Lefties buy starboard cars so they can work the shift with their left hand:trout:

Sleeper
02-22-2010, 04:43 PM
I didn't know that, I been a single operater for most of my 33 years of lobstering, I am right handed and haul off my starboard side. Now my Bro in law has been doing it a little longer than me but he is left handed and hauls off the starboard side. I also know a couple right handed guys that haul off the port side. But almost every boat in my harbor hauls starboard reguardless of left or right handed. Maybe you just were told that from someone who didn't know? Plenty of right handers also spank their monkeys with their left hand too, you lobsta guys shouldn't ever be counted on to know yer right from from left anyway .:rofl:

boatmanalso
02-22-2010, 04:58 PM
Plenty of right handers also spank their monkeys with their left hand too, you lobsta guys shouldn't ever be counted on to know yer right from from left anyway .:rofl:

Well there is might right and then there is the other right...alotta pointing goes on:thumbsup:

thebridge
02-23-2010, 05:59 AM
Yea , I buy a port helm for my car.. that way I can work the shift with my right had.. Lefties buy starboard cars so they can work the shift with their left hand:trout:


I love it!!! Boatmanalso is a crafty South Shore veteran!!

hanson
02-23-2010, 07:13 AM
Most DE-lobster boats back to starboard also...

boatmanalso
02-24-2010, 05:08 AM
I love it!!! Boatmanalso is a crafty South Shore veteran!!

I'm not that smart but I did marry into a fishing family that goes back generations.

HarborRd
02-26-2010, 01:15 PM
Can be regional too....lot of boats up Stonington way in ME are portsiders....just always how they've done it.

idigitu88
02-27-2010, 05:03 AM
I'm not that smart but I did marry into a fishing family that goes back generations.
boatman Sent you a pm

Bruce H
02-28-2010, 04:25 AM
Can be regional too....lot of boats up Stonington way in ME are portsiders....just always how they've done it.

Exactly why I asked the question as I saw a couple of boats around Stonington forsale with helm on the port!

traditions
03-01-2010, 02:48 AM
Left hand boats for left hand fisherman.One old timer says he changes every 5 years so he wears evenly.Totally a preferance thing



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