I think the first time I had the idea that I could actually build my own boat was when I met Peter Stuivenberg on his yacht Crossroads in the Horta Marina on the Azores in 2001. If he could then I should be able too, right? One mistake he said he made was not paying enough attention to the helmsmans position, and as a result it was very uncomfortable to steer his yacht.
Now that the Journeyman helmsman positions are done I can reassure you that this will not be the case here.
If you want to sit down while steering the seat is there for you, and it has a U-shape that will keep your bottom in a nice grip up to about 10° heel. For larger angles you will move up to sit on the deck edge, which is angled 25° (you only see the edge in this picture). Both places offer you a nice forward view passed the deckhouse. Standing up, you will find good support for the leeward foot on the footrest, which has a really steep angle at the end to stop you from slipping away in case of a broach or similar event. With the leeward foot on this rest and the knee of the other leg on the deck edge you have a really stable and comfortable position at high heel angles.
All seating areas are covered in a rubber/cork mix material (originally developed for diving board surfaces) which provides good friction, thermal insulation and a soft feel.
The top bearing of the rudder shaft ended up underneath the proper position of the footrest, as you can see. So we made the footrest easily removable.