Helm on a Boat Explained

By Matt Claiborne

What is the Helm of a Boat?

A boat helm describes the mechanism that attaches to the rudder or steering device.

Whether it is a steering wheel or tiller, the helm directs the rudder, which steers the boat.

The helm on a boat often has navigation and communication devices nearby and is the command and control center.

Helm Types



Tiller Steering

Wheel Steering

What Is a Boats Steering Wheel Called?

A boat’s steering wheel is often called the ship’s wheel or boat’s wheel. It can also be called the helm or helm station.

Palm Leaf

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