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Old 02-06-2012, 01:37 PM   #1
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Helm chair?

Anyone have any experience with this chair? *My flybridge chair has seen better days and this seems pretty cheap for a reclining, folding armrest, highbacked seat.

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http://www.overtons.com/modperl/prod...s&merchID=4005
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Old 02-06-2012, 02:04 PM   #2
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RE: Helm chair?

Looks like a car seat. No bolster

Who knows. I didn't look real close. Is it made in china?

Try it and let us know

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Old 02-06-2012, 03:58 PM   #3
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RE: Helm chair?

That's a very nice looking chair for the price.* I prefer swing up armrests to a flip-up bolster if it's going on a flybridge.* The bolster would be nice for enhanced visibility from the lower helm.*

Here's another link to additional specs on the same seat.* It would be nice to be able to sit on it before ordering.*

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RE: Helm chair?

Take a look at some of the seats from Flexsteel - they are made either from a marine grade vinyl or fake leather material - and I think the prices for the seats are around $500-$600. I was planning on getting one eventually, and comes in dozens of different colors.

http://www.flexsteel.com/vehicle-sea...g/helm-seating
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:53 PM   #5
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Here is one of their distrbutors:

http://www.glastop.com/marine-furnit...tail.asp?id=18
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7tiger7 wrote:Here is one of their distrbutors:

http://www.glastop.com/marine-furnit...tail.asp?id=18
*FlexSteel has always been an up scale conversion*van and motor home furniture supplier.* They did have several levels of products like many others but their upper end is usually of real high quality.* They were innovative in the 80's with the first electric*powered tri fold seat to bed combos in conversion van.* Lower end van conversions could not meet price points with FlexSteel in them.* A converter could not just buy their entry level furniture and use their name, they required a mix of both entry level and high end to be a supplier.* Explorer, Bivouac, Texas Stage Coach, Coachmen*and a few others used FlexSteel in their conversions.
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I've not seen any of their products in person, but they seem nice. I would imagine that if your helm seat would be under bimini and isinglass (spelling?) it would remain in good condition for a while. And they are MUCH cheaper than a Stidd or such. MUCH!
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RE: Helm chair?

Take a look at this, its what I did for a helm chair:
http://www.trawlerforum.com/t4137433...or-old-school/
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Take a look at this, its what I did for a helm chair:
http://www.trawlerforum.com/t4137433...or-old-school/
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*Mike:

How heavy is that Honda seat? Wondering if I might do the same for a flybridge seat. Covered when not in use. Probably rust and mildew but it sure looks comfy.
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:38 AM   #10
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I like the idea of the Honda Odyssey seat but I need one for my flybridge and I don't always cover everything (and I drive from up there in bad weather most of the time). I'd hate to start getting rust streaks from the springs and other non marine grade components. It does look like it would be a great and money saving option for an inside helm. However I am in the market for some seats for my Jeep project..............
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I think the total weight, seat, box & all from UPS, was about 60 lbs. It is real comfortable, especially after a long ride; lean it back, feet up on the rails, bourbon & water in hand.
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RE: Helm chair?

Our crewboat has a pair of Ferrari seats in it out of a wreck at the local junk yard...cool but I think there are even more comfy seats as they are like racing bucket seats...

For a flying bridge...there's a mainship at my marina where the owner took an old oak office chair and mounted it.* he left the swivel/rocker feature on it and probably has cushions below.* I sat in it and it was comfy AND relatively attractive compared to most marine seats.
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Old 02-09-2012, 04:33 AM   #13
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Those in the area should contemplate the www.daniamarinefleamarket.com/


Last helm chair we purchased was far beyond our work boat norm , fine leather , up down swivels and leans, roughly $`1200 seat , new for $200 cash.
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RE: Helm chair?

Here's another source of helm seats at "reasonable" prices. Anyone have any personal knowledge of these?

Lot of different styles and color combo options. The seats toward the bottom of the page look interesting. Solid color throughout would be my inclination.

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RE: Helm chair?

Ok... Let's turn the corner on this discussion. I am in the market for a new helm seat. Ours is not comfortable or stylish (even though Bess recovered it since these pics) over long days on the ICW and I have bodged it together too many times already. I see a lot of helm seat sites on the interweb tubes and have a question. I have an 8-bolt plate about 10" across that bolts the post to the floor of the flybridge. It sure looks like 6-bolt is more of the industry standard. Do I need to have an adaptor plate fabricated or are there options? Pics attached for your viewing pleasure.
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Why are you changing the pedestal? tube sizes are pretty standardized and you should be able to get a base in the correct size for the tube that you already have. I too had to patch my chair up during the voyage from MS. to S FLa. I don't want anymore plywood structures in my helm seat.
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I'd like to have an adjustable footrest too.
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RE: Helm chair?

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You can put down any size or bolt pattern you like. There is no "one size". The existing bolts, once removed, will tell all you need to know about the deck they are bolting into. You will likely find they are lag bolts, 1.5" x1/4" If you don't want to patch the holes that don't fit your new bolt pattern, get a piece of 1/2" starboard, cut it to a pleasing size that is large enough to cover all the old holes and use it as an adapter between the new base and the floor. My helm seat is on a 4 bolt pattern, roughly 4" apart. It has held up well for many years. It was there when I got the boat in 94. The seat above it wore out and was replaced years ago.
As for decent seats, on pedestals with moveable footrests, Overtons, West Marine, and dozens of others pop up if you Google "helm seat".
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The bolts don't bolt the chair DOWN, but look like studs that come up from below with lock nuts and acorn nuts. I would not feel good about trying to screw a helm seat to the fiberglass. A helm seat can take a lot of force and the lever-arm length of the entire structure would, in my opinion, pull screws right out of the deck. That said, I could use the existing studs to hold down the starboard and run new studs/bolts up thru the starboard, but again, could starboard put up with those forces? Can I see a picture of yours?
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A helm seat can take a lot of force and the lever-arm length of the entire structure would, in my opinion, pull screws right out of the deck

Contemplate the G loads dropping off just a 6 ft wave, hour after hour!
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