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    Posted: 19 November 2021 at 21:37
For interest and comment.
I recently installed a removable stool in my companionway. The following items were utilised:
Kingpin Stainless Steel Base 7 x 7 - Springfield P/No: 1620001
Kingpin Post - 380mm - Springfield P/No: 1610415-A
Seat Mount - Springfield P/No: 1615201-EC
Stool Seat - Eurathane - 335mm round

I was very dubious of drilling a 2 1/2 hole in the companionway top step to accomodate the base plate spigot but having done so and installed the stool its proved to be one of the best additions. The companionway top step is quite thick and very solid and I made sure I used heavy gauged stainless screws to fix the base.

When not in use I simply remove the post and stool seat (these separate from each other) and store them in the cockpit stbd locker. When in place there is sufficient room between the companionway sides and the stool seat to slide past so no problem transiting from the cockpit to below past the stool. When the post and seat are removed the base is not a trip hazard.

At sea on passage and when on autopilot, the stool allows the watchkeeper to sit under the Bimini out of the weather and keep watch looking forward. I often pull the companionway sliding cover toward me and use this as desk where I can place my IPad and do work, watch movies in the quiet times, mirror my chart plotter, etc. In rough seas I am seated safety nudged in between the companionway sides out of the weather with full visibility all around. When on anchor or on a mooring I often have the stool in place and it make excellent seat to sit out of the weather and look aft enjoying a cup of tea or beer.

I recommmend this upgrade especially to those like me who do a lot of solo sailing. Sunburn and wind blow much reducedSmile





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