The line of sight from the centerline helm on the semienclosed bridge is good. All the breakers are easily accessible, although personally, I would like to see the engine gauges placed lower in the line of sight, instead of above the helmsman on the overhead console. There is more than enough space to include them on the large, three-panel electronics display. To keep an eye on the cockpit action, you'll need to use the aft bridge station. (Find a third station in the cockpit.) Our boat featured a wet bar to port, which I would forgo in order to keep the standard aft-facing bench seat, a perfect spot from which to watch your baits. A large U-shaped settee with a table sits to port. By opening the aft isinglass drop curtains, the side windows and overhead hatch, the 51's bridge morphs into an open layout. A standard bridge is also available, which places the helm farther aft. And the entire flybridge enjoys air conditioning for your cruising comfort.