Eric, it appears you have a leaning post mounted at your steering station. Can you describe how it is mounted and the clearance between table and helm? There doesn’t appear to be enough fore/aft space to mount a pedestal seat, even with fold up bolster and table mods. I was thinking of using a foldable directors chair and maybe tying it off to the table and fold up chart table.
---Reply posted by Dougal Gardyne on 11/17/2018
We do indeed have a leaning post in the pilot house. I bought it from another N40 owner out of Florida who purchased it and decided they didn’t want to use it. It’s made by Crown LTD and a beautiful piece of stainless steel workmanship.
You will get mixed opinions on the lack of a helm chair in the N40. Most people I talk to don’t seem to mind. For us, and the way we’ve been using the boat it’s a big downside and thus we started looking for a way to fit a proper helm chair. There’s really no way it could be done without major modifications to the table and settee and it would ruin that seating, which is pretty nice.
The leaning post is a good compromise. It allows someone to lean against it in heavy weather and it can be used like a stool when piloting otherwise. The boat can be steered by the autopilot from the bench seat with both a hard wired remote and wireless iPad app. But without fly-by-wire engine controls the throttle can’t be operated without being at the helm.
The downside to even the relatively low volume leaning post is that it does make access through the pilot house a little more difficult. None of us are huge and we get by but larger people may have an issue with space to maneuver. I spent a lot of time figuring out the best place to put the post. I was thinking a sliding track would be the best option but couldn’t come up with an elegant solution that was robust to take the loads. I ended up removing the wheel since we always steer with a follow up lever anyway and that added a little more space. The wheel is railway accessible in the engine room and can be installed in less than a minute in the event of a failure of the autopilot steering pump.
Your idea of a directors chair would work but I’d be worried about safety in any kind of seaway I remember reading or watching in the video of the N40 “around the world” trip that PAE did that they used a smal folding bar stool at times . And I think that the experience on that trip led to the development of the 43 with the slightly larger pilot house that has room for a seat.
Long answer to your questions. It works for us, but I’d still prefer a proper helm chair for maneuvering and long passage. Our next boat (if there is one) will definitely have a Stidd chair!