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Old 02-10-2019, 07:11 PM   #1
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What is a good Helm Seat?

Im looking for a good helm seat of the flip up style. This allows leaning on a bolster for stand upping. Im currently looking at a Springfield Twin 46 and a Springfield Royal flip-up . Looking between $300 to $550. Hardware not required as it will bolt directly to existing bench type seat. Thanks.
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:57 PM   #2
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I got a killer deal from:
LaToya.Derrick@bbgfwo.com
(don't have a number, but will look)
The are involved in pontoon boats and had some leftovers. I got TWO seats: both recline, both high backs, with arm rests, one has a bolster and the other has a retractable foot rest.

Got the color I wanted on one, and the other I painted with Sems dye to match the boat and it's been perfect! $525 for both including shipping.
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This is the new helm seat before I replaced that side seat for the other helm seat which looked almost identical. Very comfy
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Old 02-10-2019, 11:34 PM   #4
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To answer your question, a good helm seat is one on which you can sit 8+ hours without having your butt feel like marmelade, if you find one please let me know!

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To answer your question, a good helm seat is one on which you can sit 8+ hours without having your butt feel like marmelade, if you find one please let me know!

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I’ve spent long hours on some really uncomfortable helm seats, but don’t think I ever got a case of marmalade ass!
I think “monkey butt” is more descriptive of what I get, maybe you’re a foodie?

I bought a pair of the Springfield Twin 46s for my boat, had to modify them right out of the box. They have a nice bolster, but the front/back flip feature didn’t leave enough room to comfortably sit in either direction, so I moved the seat back assembly back so they’re at least roomy on the front side.
Seems that Mr Springfield either has a super skinny butt, or just doesn’t care if his seats suck or not! I shoulda sent them back...
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I've a two-person-wide-bench helm seat without complaint. This permits cuddling with the first mate. Nevertheless, I enjoy walking across the pilothouse to obtain various views of what's happening.
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I've a two-person-wide-bench helm seat without complaint. This permits cuddling with the first mate. Nevertheless, I enjoy walking across the pilothouse to obtain various views of what's happening.
Agree, the bench can be very comfy. I had one on a Formula side by side, with armrests on the sides and middle and both sides with bolsters and a foot rest. Could configure it for the GF or your buddy.
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Have a look around the breakers yards for camper van seats.
I got a brilliant seat for my last boat and did many 8/10 hours stints without any bother.
The current boat has a bench seat for skinnies.
My wife's delicious cooking puts me in the 'Built for comfort' bracket.
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OK Thanks all-- I almost bought a Springfield Twin 46--but did not since the reverse-able feature could not be used in my configuration. So I bought a Springfield "Royal Flip-up Chair" from first Choice Marine for $534 which includes $71 shipping. Hope it works out.
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Really hard to make yachty ,or use outdoors, but auto power seats from larger cars can be great for comfort.
Arm rests are needed.

A fighting chair lifting mount is very robust and can adjust for the eye height of different sized crew.
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I got a killer deal from:
LaToya.Derrick@bbgfwo.com
(don't have a number, but will look)
The are involved in pontoon boats and had some leftovers. I got TWO seats: both recline, both high backs, with arm rests, one has a bolster and the other has a retractable foot rest.

Got the color I wanted on one, and the other I painted with Sems dye to match the boat and it's been perfect! $525 for both including shipping.
A "bolster"?? How can a RV seat captains chair have a bolster--are you going to drive your RV standing up??lol
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I good seat is one you can't fall asleep in while your autopilot is operating. Lots of fishermen have had a seat too comfortable and recently one tug in BC.
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$279 for leather
Put rv seat into eBay, plenty of choice



https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-GRAY-Le...edirect=mobile
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I good seat is one you can't fall asleep in while your autopilot is operating. Lots of fishermen have had a seat too comfortable and recently one tug in BC.
Deadman alarm
Simple and free to setup.

Here's one

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Countdown timer on a phone is one I have used before when doing single/shorthanded passages.
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Personally, this is more my style



Be an easy non swiveling build with storage space built in using something like this $100 chair and building around it.
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/TESSA-le...edirect=mobile


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If there is a bench seat that is long enough to sleep on it should be fitted with a lee cloth so the captain can be instantly available to the watch stander for some passages.
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Deadman alarm
Simple and free to setup.

Here's one

https://opencpn.org/wiki/dokuwiki/do...#deadman_alarm

Countdown timer on a phone is one I have used before when doing single/shorthanded passages.
They have deadman alarms/controls in locomotives. it used to be a pedal that the engineer had to keep depressed. Engineers sometimes used a wooden plug to hold it down to relieve the fatigued leg. Now, either a control has to be moved, horn sounded or the reset button pushed at short intervals, a minute I think, otherwise the locomotive goes to idle, the reverser to neutral and an alarm sounds.
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Simi 60 had some beautiful seats in his pics. I have a Stidd on my Stamas! Most commercial guys have Stidd.
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You might also want to look at the “Shockwave Marine Suspension System” for the mount!
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This is what I did. Bought a brand new leather drivers seat from Ebay, it was out of a Honda Odyssey. The seller takes cars and fits them out for people w/ disabilities, then sells the seats he removes. Used the base from my old seat and had it welded to the new one. Very comfortable and looks great. Seat was $75 plus shipping plus welding.
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