Helm Pedestal Problems

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by Jacki Carlan, May 19, 2022.

  1. Jacki Carlan

    Jacki Carlan New Member

    Aug 28, 2018
    Smith Mountain Lake, VA
    2007 Sea Ray Sundancer 44DA
    Cummins QSC 8.3L 500
    Hello Captains,

    When trying to remove the captain's chair (helm seat and pedestal) from our 2007 44 DA in order to have better access for electronics work, my husband "didn't have the right tool" (read, couldn't figure it out) to remove the base from the floor. Upon returning from the store with the right tool, he had disassembled the entire thing, down to taking the two pieces of the pedestal apart exposing the hydraulic actuator and the white sticks - guides to keep the posts from twisting during operation.

    My problem now (as of course I'm the one trying to reassemble it) is that I can't get the darned thing back together! There is a plastic guide that sits on top of the bottom post, then you insert the 12 sticks into that guide (it's a pain to keep them in there!), then place the second post on top and push down, where the guides should stay in the tracks for ease of movement. Currently, the plastic guide is in pieces as it tears as you push the sticks down, and one of the sticks is missing.

    I MUST be doing something wrong ... I can't figure out why it keeps happening. The best I've been able to do is get the posts back together with the majority of the sticks in the tracks. Some of them keep popping out of the bottom as you move the slide base up and down. Does anyone know how to reassemble this thing??? Or at worst, where I can find a new one?? I am so beyond frustrated with this thing!

  2. Shaps

    Shaps Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2019
    Long Island,NY
    2010 Sundancer 500
    2015 Brig Falcon 330T
    Twin Cummins QSC550 DTS w Zeus
    May I suggest posting some pictures?
    You never know who may be able to point you in the right direction.
  3. Captsteve427

    Captsteve427 Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Sep 8, 2019
    Long Island, NY
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 8.3L 500
    I removed my helm seat over the winter for more room and to remove the storage compartment to run wires through the gunnel to the helm, but also to free up the helm seat pedestal, which would not rotate, or slide forward or back. I only removed the 4 screws that secure the seat to the pedestal then decided to call the manufacturer for advice on freeing up the pedestal, which is made by Garelick.
    They told me to Not take it apart because it’s difficult to reassemble. I suggest you call Garelick, which appears to be Attwood: https://www.attwoodmarine.com/garelick/
  4. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    '91 250 Sundancer
    7.4 Bravo 1
  5. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    '91 250 Sundancer
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Love the gif.

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