When it comes to steering a boat, the side of the wheel that is used can be confusing. Do boats usually have steering wheels on the right or left? The answer depends on the type of boat and its intended use.
For recreational boats, such as sailboats, powerboats, and fishing boats, the steering wheel is typically located on the starboard (right) side of the boat. This is because most recreational boaters are right-handed and prefer to steer with their dominant hand. It also allows them to keep their left hand free for other tasks such as adjusting sails or operating fishing gear.
For commercial vessels, such as tugboats and ferries, the steering wheel is usually located on the port (left) side of the boat. This is because most commercial vessels are operated by two people: a captain and a mate. The captain stands at the wheel while the mate stands beside him to help with navigation and other tasks. Having the wheel on the left allows both crew members to easily access it from either side of the vessel.
In some cases, a boat may have two steering wheels – one on each side – depending on its size and purpose. This allows for more flexibility in terms of operation and can be beneficial in certain situations where maneuverability is key.
No matter which side your boat’s steering wheel is located on, it’s important to remember that all vessels must follow certain rules when navigating waterways. Always be sure to check local regulations before heading out onto open water so you can stay safe and legal while enjoying your time out on the water!