Side helm door

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So you can access things outside, helps in docking, getting up to the bow, throwing bottles at seagulls, whistling at bikini babes, all kinds of things

Probably if you're clever you can just swing around in the chair and take a leak over the rail. All kinds of things. I wouldn't suggest attempting that while underway or in a crowded marina but to each their own.

Yes, if there was water that was around due to heavy conditions, rain and other storms or some schmuck wizzing out their door as you pass by there would be some moisture, but generally it's closed up and there are tracks, guides and enclosures to ensure the operator doesn't get much (if any) water through there.
 

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Same reason my younger sister opted for the bigger Mac laptop for college- cause it's more ballin :cool:
 

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I figure people who have their boats on a mooring and run single handed wthout a side door, have to run out of the cabin to the bow or stern to grab the mooring. Either way, you can't see it and by the time you get there, the boat will have drifted away. With a side door, you can see it and pull right next to it. Tying up to dock, again a lot easier to step out with a line than scramble aft through the cabin door and get off before the boat has drifted away.
 

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Side Door

I mostly want to install one, possibly two, to get more air into the wheelhouse. I fish my YB our of VA Beach and it gets HOT down here.
 

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I would not get another DE without it. Unbelievably handy for docking, mooring, and feeling the salt air. As long as you keep the wind just port of the bow, you are OK with respect to spray coming in.

Recommend closing though with big water spraying over the port side, as it tends to drip into the salon in a beam sea.

Much stuffier in the salon without it open.
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