The Boat Steering Wheel

By Matt Claiborne

A ship’s steering wheel can be referred to as a wheel, ship steering wheel, ship’s wheel, boat’s wheel, control wheel, rudder, helm, or tiller.

The Boat Steering Wheel Names

The ship’s wheel name applies to a specific part of the boat called the helm.

Helms and ship’s wheels look different depending on what type of ship you’re on.

In automotive terms, the ship’s wheel is analogous to the steering wheel, and the helm is like the driver’s seat.

So on a boat or ship, you might hear the helmsperson say, “take the helm,” or possibly, “take the wheel.”