Raising the Helm Seat – Two Approaches

I made a folding seat platform from wood that I hook to the boarding ladder when I want to sit.¬ ¬ It folds flat and stores in either the lazarette or on the deck bungee strapped to the stern pulpit.¬ I place a standard floating boat cushion on top for comfort.¬ ¬ ¬ I do not carry the helm seat or cushion on board at all.¬ ¬ It’s at home over the garage where it has sat for the past couple of years.¬ ¬ I found it was always in the way and unpractical to sit on. Here’s a link to a picture¬ of it taken earlier this summer in case the attached picture doesn’t come through: ¬ ¬ https://picasaweb.google.com/102287896228248359993/September262012#5792580032623887234 Bill C380 #183 Rockland, Me.   Seems that when sitting on the helm seat, even with the oversized cushion, forward visibility left a lot to be desired, so I found

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Middle Aft Cockpit Seat Stability

Middle Aft Cockpit Seat Stability Jim Jaeschke 5/1/1998 Hull #: 73 I found out the hard way that middle stern section cockpit seat latches do not latch the seat securely on Electra. I stepped on the back of the seat and managed to launch it out into the lake while I fell onto the swim platform. I am correcting this design with one that will securely lock the seat in place and also make it very visible that it is locked. This is accomplished by making aluminum J hooks that are attached to the inside of the seat such that they will hook under the front of the bar that the seat rests on. Another section of bar was added at the back of the seat to reduce the potential for pivoting. I was lucky that this occurred in the slip and not out in the lake.

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