HollyPaw: I was at the helm of a light ship once (Nantucket?) in calm seas- our path through the water looked like a snake behind us. On the helm of the cruise ship SS Independence in calm seas- got the ship rocking so much as we swayed side to side water was splashiing out of the pool. It took almost a month of practice before I could steer a tanker through a typhoon without deviating from my preferred heading. Sure, anyone can hold the helm, but that doesn't mean they should without someone standing by to help them if need be.
Funny you should ask just now – I'm about to go to the sailing club in ten mins where there really are helms!
I'd say no – even in a calm sea, you can get lost or fail to get anywhere if you don't set the sails right or steer in the right direction. But it's a good point in a way, because certainly you need more skill in a storm. On the other hand, you can die just as well by starving in a calm sea as being dashed to pieces in a storm – in life too.
As ex-Navy…………No, not anyone can just hold the helm. You must be trained and qualified.
And if you have no business on the bridge, then you don't belong there.
But I do get your point.
Depends on the boat , nowadays most ships don't have a ( wheel ) they are steering comes from Propellers on each side of the ship and the Captain has control of just how much power goes to each one , if they want to go one way he reduces power to 1 engine and increases power to the other thereby making the ship turn whichever he wants .
no because a midget probably would not even be able to reach the helm let alone hold the wheel steady
Yes, once in a while you can find the door also by groping in the darkness – even a blind man can find it – but to go directly to the door without groping is a totally different phenomenon.
Agree it takes a strong will to stay the course when there is a storm.
No. Many people don't tolerate calm well.
Indeed true , thats the key for success …