Safety update

November 1995 Maintaining maximum visibility in wheelhouses

This safety update is for masters and owners of fishing vessels and pleasure craft. It is issued to raise awareness of the potential serious risk to safety on board vessels where the view from the wheelhouse is partially obscured. It provides safe practice tips for how best to reduce the risks involved and to alert people to the risk to safety associated with obscured wheelhouse visibility.


An enquiry into the cause of a collision between two fishing boats has highlighted the dangers of mounting navigational equipment such as radar and echo sounders in such a way that the view from the wheelhouse is partially obscured.

Safe practice tips

Masters and owners of fishing vessels and pleasure craft should ensure that all equipment which is likely to obstruct vision is fitted either below the window level or against a solid bulkhead thereby ensuring the maximum possible clear view of the sea area around the vessel.

Original source content - Boat Notice 201995, November: Maintaining maximum visibility in wheelhouses.

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