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
Seems that when sitting on the helm seat, even with the oversized cushion, forward visibility left a lot to be desired, so I found myself standing most of the time, which