Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Comfy chair

Comfy chairJohn, the skipper, dropped off this very comfy chair over the weekend.

A bit of a hint, as the wheelhouse has no seating for the skipper at the moment.

It's a huge chair, by any standards, and would be perfect for the job.

Trouble is, it won't get through either the doorway or the hatchway to the wheelhouse.

My first plan was to take the seat and back and use these on a newly constructed wooden chair that would fit.

After giving it some thought, I'm tending towards cutting the chair in half at the front and back, then bolting splints to either side of the cut.

Either way, it's clear that John is in for a more comfortable ride next time he skippers Lady Jane.

9 comments:

  1. Hi Tim! it looks Ideal and with a bit more to rest your feet on and a few purpose made cusions on the arms it will be magnificent. are you sure that there is absolutely no way that you can get it into the wheel house without cutting it? what a shame!

    A Collegue of mine built a simple, single tubular support with a plate bolted to the deck and mounted a leather Volvo car seat to it using a bearing plate that he could set in whatever position he needed the seat would recline, raise and move forward and backwards, as well as keep warm with an existing 12 volt supply that it had to it, he also had a cup support for his inevitable coffee and an ajustable foot support that was a proprietry brand (second hand). total cost as he was a "skip-raider" and got the steel from a skip, and a breakers for the seat, about thirty pounds. He mad a real classy job of it too and its still going strong

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  2. Anonymous4:34 PM

    I like that idea -- a good quality used car seat mounted to a solid fixture. Volvo seats are THE BUSINESS for long term sitting.

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  3. Anonymous7:01 PM

    Just romove one arm rest (grind off welding ???)....remove one seat rest/support bar on the same side and see if it can be twisted around in through the door opening that way...simply reweld after.....and presto....you may need to invert it as well when trying to get it in???..Tony,St.Anthgoy

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  4. Hi Rob

    Good idea with the Volvo seat there.

    Cheers

    Tim

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  5. Hi Anonymous

    The only thing I can add is that heated Volvo seats would be heaven.

    Cheers

    Tim

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  6. Hi Tony

    Thanks for that.

    I think I will end up cutting it in half, as it makes it easier to store if need be.

    Regards

    Tim

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  7. Hi Tim
    I was thinking of replacing my seat with one from a rangerover ,I also have an air sprung pedestal on the existing seat that I can probably adapt.I like the idea of the heated seat Rob
    Comfort is everything

    Andrew

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  8. They have head rests and arms too and a contoured seat and seatbelts if you want them. A whole old Volvo costs no more that £100 so one seat will cost considerably less :o))

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  9. Fred (WWR)2:01 AM

    As far as cutting the seat in half, it would be stronger if you used square stock with an internal size that fits the external size of the existing cross members you are cutting. That way you could slide the square stock brace over the cut and fasten it in place with screws. To break it down just loosen the screws and slide the brace to one side.

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