Has anyone retrofitted a pedestal-style high-end helm seat on the N37? From pictures it looks like the typical starboard bench would need surgery to shorten it to fit the helm seat while allowing enough room to pass in front of the helm seat to access the door.
I know of one N37 that was retrofitted with a high-end helm seat and as I recall, the owners did have to make an adjustment to the STBD settee. What I have found looking at different N37s is that there is not necessarily a standard settee size. Ours is 86″ long and ends up 2 1/4″ from the door frame. There was a fold down helm seat installed when we purchased Semper Fi that never worked very well. It was a second attempt as there was already a row of holes underneath the seat from a previous set of brackets. When the replacement brackets bent, I removed them and never looked backed. Just this week we had a carpenter bung the sixteen holes and refinish the side panel.
We ended up with a simple, but very effective low tech solution that cost us less than $100. It has served us well, it never feels unstable, it doubles as overflow dinette seating when needed and as my wife’s chair when working at the craft bench in the den/guest stateroom.