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  • Side Mounted Captains Chair

    It seems that the boat came factory with a side mount helm chair. But at some point, the previous owner removed it and mounted a pedestal style helm chair to the deck. We absolutely hate it! Therefore, we're going back to the side mount helm chair.

    The factory installed these chairs with a pair of regular hinges with a mechanism to adjust them forward and backwards. Here are some pictures of one of these on RustyRod's rig, which I believe is the factory setup:

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    I just plan to install one that is non-adjustable to keep it simple using the Garelick Side Mount Helsman kit:

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    Should I be able to just screw the U-Mounting and Support Brackets directly through the side of the cabin's fiberglass, or should I do some sort of reinforcement for additional strength to support the weight of a person sitting in the chair?
    1990 Shamrock Mackinaw
    Mercruiser 383 Stroker MPI
    VD 72C 1.91:1/ACME 17x15.5 w/.075 cup 4B

  • #2
    No need for reinforcement. I had two of the stock ones you pictured above. Both were thru bolted.

    regards Holty

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    • #3
      Damon, I may have one of those Garlick seats. New, never installed. I'll look today. If I do, it is yours
      1988 26' cuddy
      1975 20' open
      31 Grand Slam
      16' Sandpiper
      14' Certified Fiberglass

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      • #4
        Hi Jerry,

        Please let me know! I was about to cut some 3/4" plywood and have a friend upholster the pieces.
        1990 Shamrock Mackinaw
        Mercruiser 383 Stroker MPI
        VD 72C 1.91:1/ACME 17x15.5 w/.075 cup 4B

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        • #5
          Different model, sorry.
          1988 26' cuddy
          1975 20' open
          31 Grand Slam
          16' Sandpiper
          14' Certified Fiberglass

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          • #6
            I have the original seat on mt Mack and it is adjustable. I actually use the adjustable feature. Sometime I set it forward so it isn't in the way rushing to get a singing reel, and sometimes I want the knee room. There is a reason it was originally adjustable. After all there is that engine box to work around. If you can get an adjustable seat it probably is worth the extra money. My 2 cents worth.
            C Rhodes
            26' Mackinaw - 1990
            351 Indmar (1990-2006: Great Engine)
            351 PCM (2006 - Current)
            Southport, NC

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            • #7
              Originally posted by crhodes View Post
              I have the original seat on mt Mack and it is adjustable. I actually use the adjustable feature. Sometime I set it forward so it isn't in the way rushing to get a singing reel, and sometimes I want the knee room. There is a reason it was originally adjustable. After all there is that engine box to work around. If you can get an adjustable seat it probably is worth the extra money. My 2 cents worth.
              I agree, but I can't find this setup anywhere (unless somebody can point me in the right direction). Therefore, I likely need to come with something on my own. I took close up shots of Jeff's setup:

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              I found an aluminum extruded T-track from https://8020.net that may work:

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              Last edited by Damon; 06-07-2019, 11:22 PM.
              1990 Shamrock Mackinaw
              Mercruiser 383 Stroker MPI
              VD 72C 1.91:1/ACME 17x15.5 w/.075 cup 4B

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              • #8

                My game plan is to have the T-slot welded to an aluminum plate that will connect to the hinges. Here's what I have mind:


                Click image for larger version  Name:	Side Mount Seat Drawing_Page_1.jpg Views:	1 Size:	21.4 KB ID:	21827Here is the hardware I ordered from https://8020.net:

                - 24" T-Slot (part 1575):


                -Star Handle Linear Bearing Brake Kit (6802):







                - Four 5/16-18 Self-Aligning Roll-in T-Nut (Part 13098):


                I plan to buy counter sunk bolts to go through the aluminum plate to attached to these 4 self aligning roll in nuts.

                If anybody has any other ideas, please let me know!
                Last edited by Damon; 06-07-2019, 11:22 PM.
                1990 Shamrock Mackinaw
                Mercruiser 383 Stroker MPI
                VD 72C 1.91:1/ACME 17x15.5 w/.075 cup 4B

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