Speaking of costs. My 36 footer came with a bar stool round wooden top for a nav station seat with sviwel sitting on your regular boat pedestal
. It was very uncomfortable and practically useless in a seaway with no arm rests and no back support. But the potential cost of a nice seat was scaring me into inaction, especially each time I visited WM looking for a unlikely bargain sale
Well few days ago I'm surfing craigslist searching for the "boat seat" when up pops an ad in the freebie section. 30 minutes later I'm carrying a nice heavy duty plastic (real heavy duty, more like fiberglass) seat to the boat. Another 20 minutes and a good wash down later I'm throwing away very corroded aluminum
part in the bottom and bolting it to the aluminum
part of my original stool (having taken the wooden top off).
Sitting in that chair for the first time was a very blissful moment as I can now use the nav station for more than a few uncomfortable minutes. And the best thing about my new to me nav chair - it's cost - nada, zilch, zero.
PS Now, if I can find another 13" diameter bar stool top I can install 2 stern corner railing seats...