The Marlow 97E is a classic example of a “little ship,” and combines stylistic flair with great sightlines. The Marlow flagship helm station is truly, well, commanding. Replete with wood and exceptional lines of sight, it fits the bill as both nice to look at and look out of. Another notable feature is the annunciator panel in the electronics box above the steering wheel. It’s a salty element that might be more at home on a commercial ship. Critical components are marked with small bulbs that light up if there’s a problem so you (or your captain) will know exactly where to head to suss things out in short order. That’s a comforting luxury to have on a boat that’s built to undertake long and arduous voyages. Another trait about this helm that we like is the flat wooden surface to port of the seat. That’s handy for paper charts, and a nice touch for a bluewater cruiser.