Captain’s Chair

Captain’s Chair
Thomas Brantigan

C387 #96 Toccata in Sea

First, I have to admit that I stole the whole idea from my good friend Mike Gilmore, Catalina 380 owner, who created somewhat the same thing a few years ago.

Prior to this project, I had a captain’s chair behind the helm that was 11 years old and falling apart.  It was a good design by a company that long since went out of business.  It clamped to the stern rails and if I wanted to get to the swim platform, I had to either climb over the rails or remove the whole thing.  Though I would typically do this at anchor, doing this just to get to the davits or something else was simply impractical.

The solution was to through bolt a pedestal to the transom insert, mount a fancy contraption to the top of the pedestal so it would

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