Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-05-2011, 07:13   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 586
Images: 3
Stowable Helm Seat

Would like to have a simple, light helm seat that could be folded up and stowed in a locker, something like one of those folding beach chairs. It wouldn't even have to have a back. Has anyone seen a contraption that spans the cockpit from port to starboard cockpit locker/seat? I don't want to have a lot of hardware but would like to be able to sit centered at the wheel, at a good height to see over the dodger, and of course, under the boom swing. I have been using a small folding ladder which actually works pretty well but it looks "Beverely Hillbillish" and takes up too much room. Was going to make something but some company must make a folding aluminum chair like this.
__________________

__________________
smurphny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2011, 07:24   #2
Registered User
 
Alecadi's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Marathon FL
Boat: Endeavour 35, 1984,
Posts: 937
Re: Stowable Helm Seat?

I use floatable throwing cushions. Three of them.
very comfy and if necessary ready at hand to be throw out if the Admiral fell overboard
Easy to put in the locker also
__________________

__________________
People spend time putting little boats in bottles, me I put bottles in my little boat...
Alecadi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2011, 07:25   #3
Moderator
 
Pete7's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Solent, England
Boat: Moody 31
Posts: 8,524
Images: 14
Re: Stowable Helm Seat?

Have you seen the bean bag thread?

We have a caravan step that sits on the back seat to get the height to see over the wheel. The step then needs a cushion because I don't have much rear padding. It, like your setup is a bit of a lash up.

We have a huge shocking pink bean bag in the garage which up until now I have refused to take down to the boat. However, might reconsider following the members recommendation that they are the best thing since sliced bread. Shame about the colour, it was bought for a little princess who must have kissed a frog as she turned into a stroppy 15 yr old with an attitude

Pete
__________________
Moody 31 - April Lass
Pete7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2011, 07:32   #4
Registered User
 
Alecadi's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Marathon FL
Boat: Endeavour 35, 1984,
Posts: 937
Re: Stowable Helm Seat?

Yessss!! and I learned something: never heard of a bean bag seat before!! saw the picture etc..
but I don't see that very practical as an helm seat.. :-)
__________________
People spend time putting little boats in bottles, me I put bottles in my little boat...
Alecadi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2011, 08:21   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 586
Images: 3
Re: Stowable Helm Seat?

The problem with the Alberg is that there is no usable ledge area behind the pedestal to sit on. The traveler sits 6" in from the rear cockpit edge and it's too far back from the pedestal to sit on anyway. I do use throwing cushions on one side or the other as Alecadi has suggested but there's nowhere to stack any up behind the wheel. The side seats are also too low to see forward and I wind up sitting atop a sheetrock bucket with throwing cushions on top. There is really a minimal window of visibility on this boat and I have, on occasion missed seeing things so this is kind of an important problem to solve.
__________________
smurphny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2011, 08:23   #6
CF Adviser
 
Bash's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: sausalito
Boat: 14 meter sloop
Posts: 7,260
Re: Stowable Helm Seat?

Scroll down on the link provided and check out the "saddle helm cushion." It's what I use. You can get it with a back rest.

BottomSiders accessories for your boat
__________________
cruising is entirely about showing up--in boat shoes.
Bash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2011, 08:55   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 586
Images: 3
Re: Stowable Helm Seat?

Thanks Bash. Those look like nice cushions and would work if there was something to put them on top of. What I need is something to span the open area of the well from port to starboard to support some kind of cushion. Am thinking maybe some sort of light, quickly removable arched "bridge" to span across from hinged hatch/seat to hinged hatch/seat.
__________________

__________________
smurphny is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale: Self-Righting Helm Seat jack.molinelli Classifieds Archive 8 12-05-2011 04:58
Want To Buy: Leopard 47 Helm Seat jaysandy Classifieds Archive 1 19-12-2010 15:09
For Sale: Todd Helm Seat CHARTER MAGIC Classifieds Archive 0 24-08-2010 08:50
Privilege Owners - Aft Helm Seat? Surf City Multihull Sailboats 2 31-08-2009 20:58
Custom Helm Seat Waterborn Construction, Maintenance & Refit 0 11-01-2009 08:49



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 22:14.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.