Captains Chair Pivot Lock Bypass!!

gmdog2

Active Member
Messages
42
Reaction score
59
Has anyone figured out a way to make the Captains chair not lock. I’m getting ready to make mine lock free, just wanted to see if anyone else has. Thx for the input.
 

Jimmy Vick

Member
Messages
6
Reaction score
4
Have often wished mine were free. Please post your method!
 

Jimmy Vick

Member
Messages
6
Reaction score
4
On my 2014 you push the swivel release toward the deck and it will stay in that position and allow the chair to free swivel
Mine is a 2017.....should be the same. I will check next trip and post. Thanks
 

Baja 252

Well-Known Member
Messages
152
Reaction score
254
Location
LOTO
I took my drivers seat off and reworked it to slide further back for some extra legroom and I also disabled the swivel locking mechanism.
I can't remember what I specifically did, but it wasn't too hard of a job.
 

Vikingstaff

Well-Known Member
Messages
1,933
Reaction score
2,657
Location
Michigan
At least on my 2017 chair, if you push the swivel lock lever down, it will just stay there. In that position the chair doesn’t lock in place, but simply will turn as I swivel in it. If I pull the lever up, it stays put, and then locks the chair in that position. I assumed they all work that way, but honestly have never tried another Bennington helm chair.
 

gmdog2

Active Member
Messages
42
Reaction score
59
I took my drivers seat off and reworked it to slide further back for some extra legroom and I also disabled the swivel locking mechanism.
I can't remember what I specifically did, but it wasn't too hard of a job.
Thx. If I can’t get to stay unlocked somehow I will take apart this fall/winter and probably do the same
 

gmdog2

Active Member
Messages
42
Reaction score
59
At least on my 2017 chair, if you push the swivel lock lever down, it will just stay there. In that position the chair doesn’t lock in place, but simply will turn as I swivel in it. If I pull the lever up, it stays put, and then locks the chair in that position. I assumed they all work that way, but honestly have never tried another Bennington helm chair.
Thx you.. I will give it a try!
 

gmdog2

Active Member
Messages
42
Reaction score
59
1B596167-5624-4141-9264-C34D552F311A.jpeg 914092C8-BA10-4E1A-B0AC-4A62236C7DB8.jpeg 28CE2741-B834-4007-A733-A8531A470D2F.jpeg So I tried the push down in lock and it’s a no go. It will swivel in the down position but lock as soon as you hit a notch. So I came up with a cheater until this fall/winter.
 

Wayne King Sr.

Well-Known Member
Messages
59
Reaction score
81
Location
Lake Keowee/Jocassee South Carolina
Guess I got lucky. We had the handle come off for whatever reason and the seat is unlocked and swivels. No problem. Don’t miss the handle and cannot even find it now if we wanted to have it reinstalled for a sale. Also don’t have worries with other new Captains asking what this handle is for or hoe to use it.
 

Spoiledrotten

Well-Known Member
Messages
1,990
Reaction score
2,004
Location
Below the Mason/Dickson Line
Zip tied mine to the springs in the seat underside.
 

Spoiledrotten

Well-Known Member
Messages
1,990
Reaction score
2,004
Location
Below the Mason/Dickson Line
I tried doing the “lever down”, but it won’t stay down. Mine also touches the pedestal base.
 

JohnL

Well-Known Member
Messages
49
Reaction score
45
Location
Delaware
Try rotating the handle so the right angle side is toward the seat and not the tapered side. Or you could just put a zip tie on it.
 

Richard Foisy

Well-Known Member
Messages
52
Reaction score
177
4D3602B2-7C2B-4753-BDF1-DA883D670B24.jpeg

I did it a bit different with a short bungee. It works great.
 

DaveyJ

Well-Known Member
Messages
212
Reaction score
253
Location
Moorhead, MN
Mine flipped down works perfectly
 
Top