Springfield double helm seat

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Springfield double helm seat

Postby Wbr2974 » Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:52 am

For those of you who added the double helm seat on the flybridge from Springfield
I’m curious as how it was mounted and was it a worthwhile addition?
Our boat is an 05 with the single seat and pedestal which is fine however the double seat looks really nice..
Any thoughts are appreciated..

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Re: Springfield double helm seat

Postby AMCarter3 » Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:22 am

I replaced the broken down double seat on our 2006 PDQ with the Springfield double seat 1 year ago. It requires 2 pedestal posts and installing it was not easy. I had to line up and carefully mount the 2 rail tracks on the seat bottom to exactly match the tracks on the chair. Installing some of the mounting screws was very difficult. There is no room for error. I also had to rebuild some of the base structure for the arm rests.

In the end, it was totally worth the effort. The new seat works perfectly and looks fantastic. It is s lot of fun for 2 people to sit there while driving the boat.(
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Re: Springfield double helm seat

Postby deising » Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:05 pm

Maybe it is just my 240 pounds, but my new double seat from 2015 has a large separation along the after seam. I have no idea how it could be repaired, but we have been on a 7 month cruise and won't worry about it until we get home in Nov.
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Re: Springfield double helm seat

Postby Cat Daddy » Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:32 pm

Stuart Yacht installed mine a few years ago. I was a fairly complicated project but came out great, totally satisfied with the install. After 5 years of use I have mixed feelings. For entertaining the double seat is great, for long passages I would much prefer a nice single seat.

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Re: Springfield double helm seat

Postby Gusto » Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:25 pm

We have a 2006 with the double helm seat on the bridge. We cruise the intracoastal, the Keys, and open waters to and from the Bahamas. Both of us are always on the double seat watching the waters ahead. We take one hour stints at the helm so the person on the right steers or controls the autopilot. The person on the left focuses on the chart plotter and radar. We switch every hour. Both look all around, i.e. situational awareness. We feel that the double seat is very important for safety.


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Re: Springfield double helm seat

Postby Wbr2974 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:47 pm

Thanks for all the replies...
I think I’m going to pull the trigger and buy the
double seat from Springfield. If anyone remembers
which pedestals you bought or if I can use the one I already have and just buy one?
I agree it would be nice on a rougher passage to have a single seat however
I think the benifit of a double may be better overall...
Will update on progress..
Thanks All

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Re: Springfield double helm seat

Postby AMCarter3 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:15 pm

Bill, the following may help:

1. Definitely install 2 pedestals for the Springfield Double Bucket Seat (1 is inadequate).
2. The Springfield seat item # is 1042050.
3. Overton's Camping World (where I bought mine on sale 2 yrs ago) item # 316832 <https://is.gd/tEOyn5>
4. The pedestal used on my PDQ is Wise #314816 (on Overton's website) <https://is.gd/L0ZtW1>
5. I do NOT know the name or item # for the 2 "Slides" that mount on the underside of the seat and allow the seat to slide forward and aft. The Slides on my seat have a unlock bar (with 2 thumb tabs) just under the front edge of the seat. When you push the tabs to the left, the seat is unlock and can then be slid fore and aft. I recommend you call Springfield and ask them for advice on the slides (417) 725-2667/
6. Mounting the slides on the seat underside has to be VERY carefully done so: a) they are perfectly positioned to mount on each pedestal; and b) so when the seat is pushed all the way aft there is room to open the vertical door to the cabinet on the starboard side of the Flybridge helm.

Good luck with the project...
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Re: Springfield double helm seat

Postby AMCarter3 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:32 pm

Bill, here are some pics of my original seat -- you can see the pedestal, slide tracks and the unlock bar...
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Re: Springfield double helm seat

Postby duetto » Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:01 am

hi mac,

i have an alignment question. our 2003 has a crown in the flybridge floor. not sure if that's true on later years but if it is, how did you ensure that the vertical supports are parallel? the reason i ask is that it was mentioned that correct alignment is critical.
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Re: Springfield double helm seat

Postby AMCarter3 » Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:56 am

John, I’m pretty sure our double seat with its 2 pedestals were installed when the boat was built in 2006. The deck in front of the helm is flat and therefore the 2 pedestals are exactly vertical.
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Re: Springfield double helm seat

Postby Tom Green » Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:05 am

I replaced my Springfield double helm seat some years ago. The wood bottom had rotted. Springfield sent a nice replacement seat with a synthetic bottom and two pedestals which I did not use. Just put the new seat on the old hardware. You are welcome to the pedestals if you like. Need to ship from Seattle.
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