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  • #8316

    Matt Boliver

    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.

  • #8317

    James Wascko

    Hi Matt,
    From previous conversations I have had with Eric Kraft on this very thing.

    You can put a helm seat there either a portable one and move it around or snap in pedestal base but even with a slider seat base it would get in the way and still nead moving.

    I would believe you could customize the existing folding seat to your liking as well. From what I have been told, they are pretty comfortable and in just the right viewing angle.

    Then of course it’s your boat and you could do some heavy duty cosmetic refitting with in reasons.

    We had thought that way too as we researched all the different trawlers and their big fancy pilothouses.

    Then we got smart…. lol….we talked to some folks who actually owned and lived on the N models.

    Bottom line for us…..They work just fine. Plus you can always add a cushion.

    The best to you in your research.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 1 month ago by  James Wascko.
  • #8323

    Richard Lynch

    Hi Matt,

    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.



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  • #8583

    Chuck Truthan

    When we bought our N37, we had the forward wall of the bench seat moved 12 inches back (in line with the forward edge of the stbd window). Then added a 10 inch seat (hollow under for storage) and a 6 inch swing up extension where the old seat was. We cruised the Great Loop with this seating arrangement and it worked great!
    Then we ran into Dick and Phyllis Herman and their LLebroc pedestal chair. OH MY WAS IT COMFORTABLE! So, we took out the swing up and lowered the seat to 2 inches and installed the same thing they had – and love it even more!
    We hollowed out the nidacore and filled with epoxy and used screws to fasten the pedestal. Dick thru bolted – watching out for a wire run in the engine room.
    I’d insert pictures if I knew how…

  • #8968

    Here are some pictures of our Llebroc Series II helm chair.

    Both Chuck and I have a few back issues that may account for some of our enthusiasm for this high-end solution. Personally, I couldn’t do the long-distance cruising that we do without the ergonomic full-length support and footrest that this chair provides.

    Seat height is adjustable, which improves visibility a great deal. The backrest reclines and has an adjustable lumbar support. The seat slides fore and aft, and the footrest and headrest are adjustable, too. The optional cup holder is an added bonus.

    Dick Hermann
    N37 Avocet

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    One picture at a time…

  • #8972

    Arrggghhh! Email me if you want to see pictures of our Llebroc Series II helm chair installed.

    Dick Hermann
    N37 Avocet

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