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Old 06-11-2017, 06:31 PM   #1
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Tall folding director chair

Anybody use one of these for a helm chair ? How do you like it ?
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Old 06-11-2017, 06:38 PM   #2
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I have 2 similar for the counter next to the helm.

My helm seat is pretty uncomfortable so sometimes I sit in the folding directors chair and use the autopilot remote.

They are pretty wobbly, but in calm waters, they work fine as mine are pretty comfy.
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Old 06-11-2017, 06:43 PM   #3
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Greetings,
Mr. PM. I bought a similar but less robust unit quite similar to that from Pier 1 imports (less than $100). Bottom line was a complete waste of money for the chair I bought. Great until the canvas stretched (after 2 days) and the joint's loosened up (about 3 days). I eventually bought something similar to this:



Yes, doesn't stow very well AND it's tippy in rougher seas but for $42, far superior to the Pier 1 directors chair.

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Greetings,
Mr. PM. I bought a similar but less robust unit quite similar to that from Pier 1 imports (less than $100). Bottom line was a complete waste of money for the chair I bought. Great until the canvas stretched (after 2 days) and the joint's loosened up (about 3 days). I eventually bought something similar to this:



Yes, doesn't stow very well AND it's tippy in rougher seas but for $42, far superior to the Pier 1 directors chair.

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I suspect that is 100 percent correct...
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Old 06-11-2017, 07:10 PM   #5
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We had one on our last boat & have 2 on our current boat for helm chairs below & they're just fine. Not stable in large seas but nothing that isn't secured would be. The foot rest is kind of flimsy & isn't designed to support your weight if you stand on it plus it needs to be removed if you want the chairs to fold but for the $$ they're fine. Lot's of choices on the canvas (sold separately) which is nice.
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Old 06-12-2017, 07:46 AM   #6
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We have something similar but with a hard (wood) cushioned seat and back, and a bit more substantial in overall build. I think we got it at Christmas Tree Shops or some such for something like $35. I don't run from the lower helm much, but it stows well and does the job. No room to put in a mounted seat, and if it's that rough I'll be standing anyway.

Edit: Just looked it up, It was Christmas Tree Shops, under $32. I don't see it on their web site now, however.
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Anybody use one of these for a helm chair ? How do you like it ?
We used one on our 34' Mainship and even added a booster to that. I was surprised how often we folded it up. It was a cheap and easy helm chair. I did have to re-glue the pegs after about 2 years. It probably would have been less effort to just go by a replacement.
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Have one and love it. Easy to put exactly where I want it and just as easy to move. On top of that it is comfortable. Highly recommend something similar.
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4 lines from the seat bottom joined together with an eye can be lead to a deck pad to make tipping over less likely.
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Old 06-12-2017, 08:38 AM   #10
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We used one on our 34' Mainship and even added a booster to that. I was surprised how often we folded it up. It was a cheap and easy helm chair. I did have to re-glue the pegs after about 2 years. It probably would have been less effort to just go by a replacement.
I just ordered one from Defender . It's kinda pricey. I hope it doesn't crowd the wheelhouse too much . Should have it Thursday regular ups .
Im taking my first full week off in years . This time it's not for the hospital. We are planning a decent
(for us ) trip on William . Green Turtle Bay and south on the Cumberland a little ways . I wanted to go to Nashville but just not enough time off YET !
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I have one of these. It is very stable. Not cheap, you can get them on Amazon for about $400 for the blue. Other colors are cheaper. It comes fully assembled.
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Old 06-12-2017, 10:58 AM   #12
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I have one of these. It is very stable. Not cheap, you can get them on Amazon for about $400 for the blue. Other colors are cheaper. It comes fully assembled.
https://www.totallybamboo.com/p220/E...2amp;quot;.htm
I saw that one last night . That's a nice one and good looking . I was over my Fathers Day budget when I ordered the one this morning .
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When using the upper helm becomes uncomfortable I move to lower station in our 34 Mainship MK1. I wanted a helm seat that was removable, stable and easy to set up and stow. Here's what I came up with. Its held in place with dowels on seat fitting into a support mounted on starboard saloon wall. The bottom of the leg support has dowels that fit the same in saloon floor.The top of support fits into a channel built into seat. The back and be reversed to look aft. All wood was milled out of a plank of saple mahogany. Set up and disassembly about 1.5 minutes tops. Stowing stacked together is 5.25 and fits neatly out of our way at the end of couch. Being 5'6" I needed a high seat 39" for visibility and a stool to reach seat.
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When using the upper helm becomes uncomfortable I move to lower station in our 34 Mainship MK1. I wanted a helm seat that was removable, stable and easy to set up and stow. Here's what I came up with. Its held in place with dowels on seat fitting into a support mounted on starboard saloon wall. The bottom of the leg support has dowels that fit the same in saloon floor.The top of support fits into a channel built into seat. The back and be reversed to look aft. All wood was milled out of a plank of saple mahogany. Set up and disassembly about 1.5 minutes tops. Stowing stacked together is 5.25 and fits neatly out of our way at the end of couch. Being 5'6" I needed a high seat 39" for visibility and a stool to reach seat.
Very nice .
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Very nice .
What he said.
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I inherited a folding directors chair with the boat. Threw it away after six months. Not at all stable in even a small sea. I was worried about liability if a guest was sitting in it and we encountered a large wake as you do from time to time. I wouldn't even bring it out if we were heading outside.
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A guest can get injured 1000 ways from a bad wake that goes unannounced.

Tough to worry about everything, just be proactive.
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We all boat in different water, but I wouldn't have any type of seating on he boat that isn't bolted down. I don't worry about liability; just people getting hurt.

Actually - I lied. We sometimes use bean bags. But they haven't tipped over yet.
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I used to have a 4 legged stool for a lower helm seat. I took it out as it just took up room and wasn't very stable or comfortable.

I do have 3 director chairs for hanging out on the aft deck with cocktails.
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Tough to worry about everything, just be proactive.


LOL. I was proactive. I threw the chair away.
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