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What is a Helm chair?

A helm chair is a chair designed for the person operating the steering mechanism of a boat or ship, known as the helm. The helm station, also referred to as the bridge, serves as the central command center for the vessel, where navigation, control, and monitoring activities occur.

Although the helm station and bridge are closely related, they are not synonymous. The helm station specifically refers to the area where the steering controls and helm chair are situated, along with the necessary controls, instruments, displays, and navigation and control equipment for maneuvering the vessel.

Inside YXT 24 EVO by Lynx Yachts, with Norsap helm chair.

What to consider when choosing Helm seating?

When selecting helm seating for your boat or ship’s helm station, you must consider several important factors.

Comfort is paramount, particularly during extended periods of operation. Ensure that the seat you choose provides proper support for your back, thighs, and arms, with firm cushioning and ample padding.

Ergonomics is also essential, allowing you to customize the seat’s height, tilt, and lumbar support for optimal comfort and visibility.

Durability and materials are also crucial factors to keep in mind. Opt for a seat constructed of high-quality materials like aluminum for the frame and durable fabrics or leather for the upholstery.

Functionality is another critical consideration. Look for built-in storage compartments, cup holders, and accessory mounts that make essential items and equipment easily accessible.

A good helm seat prioritizes comfort, adjustability, durability, stability, visibility, functionality, and aesthetics to provide an ergonomic, safe, and enjoyable experience during long hours at the helm.

Norsap offers helm chairs that meet these needs for any type of vessel, regardless of whether you’re navigating sunny skies or braving the harsh arctic winter, Norsap helm chairs are a reliable choice.

Inside the HODOR support yacht with two Norsap helm chairs

Here are the most suitable Helm Chairs from Norsap

  • Norsap 1000 and Norsap 1500 may be our most popular helm chairs, with or without extras such as deck rails and joystick boxes. We believe there are no vessels these chairs won’t fit, and no conditions these chairs cannot survive.

Inside Westport 125 yacht with two Norsap helm chairs.
  • Norsap 1100 is present on military vessels and luxury yachts. Its slim and modern design does not compromise the comfort or function you expect from this helm chair. The range of options for color, leather, and backrest height offers a rare number of possibilities for a chair like this.

  • Norsap 1600 has the strength of the Norsap 1500 with a modern design. You can find just what suits your boat with the full leather or aluminum backrest.

  • Norsap 1800 is not only full of possibilities, but it also has highly adjustable ergonomics. This chair can be adjusted to fit anyone.

Whatever the challenges of the open ocean, these Norsap helm chairs have helped set the course for many years – and they will last for years to come.  

Contact one of our many dealers and agents worldwide, or contact our head office in Kristiansand to tell us what you need from your helm chair.

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