Why do sailboats have two helms?

Sailboats have been around for centuries and have always been an efficient way to travel across water. A sailboat usually has two helms, which are the steering controls. One helm is usually located at the rear of the boat, and the other is usually located closer to the center.

The reason sailboats have two helms is to provide better control and balance when sailing. When the wind is strong and the boat is heeled over to one side, it can be challenging to steer the boat. By having two helms, the sailor can choose the most comfortable and safe position to steer the boat.

The rear helm, also known as the tiller, is the most common one, and it provides a better view of the boat’s movement. It is also easier to steer the boat when it is moving forward or at a high speed. The tiller can control both the rudder and the sails by adjusting the angle of the sail to the wind’s direction. This makes it easier for the sailor to maintain the boat’s speed and balance.

The center helm, also known as the wheel, is typically used when the boat is moving at a slower speed or when the sailor wants to steer from a more protected location. The wheel helm is also useful when the sailor needs to steer the boat in reverse.

Another reason for having two helms is that it’s helpful to have a backup. If one helm breaks or becomes difficult to use, the sailor can easily switch to the other helm to continue sailing. This provides an added layer of safety and security for the sailor and crew.

Sailboats have two helms to provide better control and balance when sailing. The rear helm, or tiller, is the primary helm used for steering, while the center helm, or wheel, is typically used at slower speeds or when steering from a more protected location. Having two helms also provides a backup in case one fails.

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