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Old 09-28-2017, 06:54 PM   #1
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Good source for Helm Seats

Doing some shopping for helm seats for a 400 Mainship flybridge.

I'd like to do what Bob Ackley and Steve Cyr did with their boat. Put three helm seats in the front, replacing the cushions on the sides, which are too low.

And, they need to be able to get a little closer and higher to the controls for the center one.

And, I'd like at least one of the side ones to recline so I can sleep with half an eye open to monitor the co pilot.....

But, I can't afford some of the expensive ones and they rapidly get very pricey, so wonder whats out there....

Choices that others have done?
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How do you define "expensive"? Should start with that.

I always liked the Pompanette line myself, well built with good service. Had three across on the FB of our Hatteras. They were very helpful with some questions and parts for 20 year old chairs. Make some great deck chairs as well.

You should also check with some of the big marine consignment and second hand stores like Sailorman, they often have take outs from refits.
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We bought 2 leather reclining Capt chairs from Honda Odyssey 2nd row at a auto salvage yard. $50 PER chair. Very comfortable and sturdy
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I used Bentley's out of Portland, OR.

I met them at the Seattle Boat Show. I was able to look over their product. All their models were high quality but they got pricey fast. I selected a low back non reclining model with folding arm rests and built in electric heaters for about $700 per chair. I selected Naugahyde in colors that matched my flybridge. I could have chosen other fabrics if I wanted too.

I did not purchase bases from Bentley's. I felt the quality and price was to high for a chair left in the weather. I purchased my base's from Garlic. They are swivel, height adjustable, sliders with adjustable foot rests.

In the end I am very happy with the results, about $1,000 per chair. This is about 1/2 of what I was expecting to pay.

You find a lot of great helm chairs at $2,500. At $1,500 you find mostly plastic chairs with snap on cushions. It's easy to run a chair up to $6,000.

Hope this is of some help.
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How do you define "expensive"? Should start with that.

I always liked the Pompanette line myself, well built with good service. Had three across on the FB of our Hatteras. They were very helpful with some questions and parts for 20 year old chairs. Make some great deck chairs as well.

You should also check with some of the big marine consignment and second hand stores like Sailorman, they often have take outs from refits.
Budget... maybe up into 4 figures, perhaps $1200 to 1500. But that's a bunch for a stinking seat.

I've seen a bunch in the $500 range that "look" pretty good, but don't want junk.

Might splurge of the main seat, but still want some features for the two sides.
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I used Bentley's out of Portland, OR.

I met them at the Seattle Boat Show. I was able to look over their product. All their models were high quality but they got pricey fast. I selected a low back non reclining model with folding arm rests and built in electric heaters for about $700 per chair. I selected Naugahyde in colors that matched my flybridge. I could have chosen other fabrics if I wanted too.

I did not purchase bases from Bentley's. I felt the quality and price was to high for a chair left in the weather. I purchased my base's from Garlic. They are swivel, height adjustable, sliders with adjustable foot rests.

In the end I am very happy with the results, about $1,000 per chair. This is about 1/2 of what I was expecting to pay.

You find a lot of great helm chairs at $2,500. At $1,500 you find mostly plastic chairs with snap on cushions. It's easy to run a chair up to $6,000.

Hope this is of some help.
Great idea, thx!
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I bought a leather chair from Office Depot for $300, it's inside though
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when we were looking the ones that appeared the best value Marine Helm Seats | Boat Seats | Flexsteel
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If you attend the TF gathering at FT pierce, one of the excursions are to a great salvage yard. They have seats and pedestals in great condition for around $500.

Be warned, you will need a truck if you go there!
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when we were looking the ones that appeared the best value Marine Helm Seats | Boat Seats | Flexsteel
We got one of those for our flybridge.

Very comfy and holding up well.
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If you attend the TF gathering at FT pierce, one of the excursions are to a great salvage yard. They have seats and pedestals in great condition for around $500.

Be warned, you will need a truck if you go there!
Dimer,

Do you possibly have the name of that yard? We also have a great one here in St. Pete, but just doesn't have much in seating.
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Marine Connections Liquidators is what I think he is referring to, similar to Sailorman in Ft Lauderdale. Great place. Marine Connection Liquidators

Another on the east coast is Flounder Pounder Flounder Pounder Marine OEM Surplus obsolete boat parts

And Sailors Exchange in St Augustine https://www.sailors-exchange.com/

I have seen some very nice helm seats a Jarrett Bay Surplus here in NC
http://www.jarrettbay.com/marine-parts/
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Great links! Many thanks, George.
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Some very good links and sources...

I kinda like the car seat idea (except for a bolster). Pick up a few from a high end car that was totaled, and could have a LOT of seat for the money, even if having to recover.

Ya always pay a premium for a boat part, even similar to some auto parts.... and often double or triple.

However, there's a lot of boat seats, too.
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Interesting idea. Are they electric or manual adjustment? Could you post photos?
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This is what you need. You'll never need to leave the chair. You can even fire the Phasers while reclined.
NorSap Modular Armrest Solutions

Actually take a look at their 800 series chairs.
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How much are the flex steel seats?
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I had been looking for several months, trying to find 2 identical for the flybridge, Craigslist, eBay, and other sites, missed out on a great offering on a pair off of a 47' SeaRay, ended up at BoatDepot.com, pair of Todd Bahama series. Comfort has a price, and it's for the 2 most important people on board, but didn't break the bank. Good Luck!
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Doing some shopping for helm seats for a 400 Mainship flybridge.

I'd like to do what Bob Ackley and Steve Cyr did with their boat. Put three helm seats in the front, replacing the cushions on the sides, which are too low.

And, they need to be able to get a little closer and higher to the controls for the center one.

And, I'd like at least one of the side ones to recline so I can sleep with half an eye open to monitor the co pilot.....

But, I can't afford some of the expensive ones and they rapidly get very pricey, so wonder whats out there....

Choices that others have done?
Don't get too comfortable. You'll likely doze off, especially if entering old age. And I'm not hoping to confront a boater with only half an eye open. The expectation is that boaters have adequate lookout, but I assume all other boaters are ignorant/unaware unless otherwise proven.
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Don't get too comfortable. You'll likely doze off, especially if entering old age. And I'm not hoping to confront a boater with only half an eye open. The expectation is that boaters have adequate lookout, but I assume all other boaters are ignorant/unaware unless otherwise proven.
Markpierce,

Note that I said monitor the copilot. When she drives I sleep, plane, car or boat. Works well.

But the pilot operating the vessel does keep both eyes open, and one hand on their beer <g>......
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