If Billy Tyne bugs you, try watching any footage of someone driving a car. There are tiny increments of steering left right left right left right. Do you know anyone who drives like that? Anyone sober, that is?
Always wondered why left, right, front, and back were not good enough to describe boat directions.
Why a new set of vocabulary to describe the same thing? ( I’m sure there is a reason, but not one that makes sense to me OR Billy Tyne.)
While we are picking on Capt. Billy Tyne’s boat driving skills, why did he put those big metal arms that swung those steel hooks through the wheelhouse window up, instead of tying them down? Beside the obvious reason to give him an opportunity to use a torch holding onto a pole bouncing through 50 foot wave, I mean.
Anyway… I agree with the post regarding someone driving as well. The driver looks like they are trying to avoid a million potholes as they drive down the road.
Because left is in regard to the way you or the speaker is facing, port is in regard to the way the boat is pointing. Less possibility for confusion - if someone says the switch is on the left side of the room, you have to figure out whether they meant your left or their left. If they say it’s on the port bulkhead of the compartment, there’s no confusion.
The history behind Port and Starboard comes from way back when boats were steered by hand, with a long rudder or oar. Starboard means ‘steer board’, the board you used to steer the boat/ship. Since most people are right handed the steering board was on the right side of the boat.
The other side was called the Larboard side, don’t know why, but as you can imagine this caused some confusion when commands were shouted out. So it was changed to Port side, because you tied the boat up to the dock/port on the other side from the steering oar, the left side, so your rudder would not get bashed against the dock and damaged.
Anyway…My biggest problem with The Perfect Storm is the New England accents attempted by the cast, which were universally awful, especially Diane Ladd. I am surprised that the story wasn’t rewritten to place it in the Pacific just to accommodate the actor’s inabililty to talk convincingly.
Driving a boat across a sea where the wave motion is striking the boat on the port side would tend to push it to starboard/off course. There’s a name for this kind of sea/wave action, but the nautical terminology escapes me. I guess I need to break out my Patrick O’Brian again for a refresher.
But anyway, to remain on course, the helmsman would have to continually steer somewhat to port to counteract the tendency of the bow to swing to starboard.
I can’t say that that’s what is happening in the movie, but it’s not entirely retarded to be continually steering somewhat to port due to wave action.
Hmmm, I wonder if pre-power-steering vehicles required this sort of constant adjustment. Who out there has a car without power steering, or remembers pre-power-steering days and could offer their wisdom?
Lack of power steering shouldn’t change the stability of a car’s steering. It sounds like the U-Haul in question had an alignment issue. The key is the positive caster designed/adjusted into the front end of modern vehicles. This is what causes the steering wheel to naturally return to neutral after we take a turn. I drove a Model T once. The steering wheel pretty much stayed where you put it. It took effort to stop turning.
I donno, I just saw it as a method to show that they needed to point the ship into the incoming waves. Though once pointed in the right direction, I doubt you would need such huge maneuvers. Unless, you got turned toping the last wave or skidding down it’s back side.