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matt posted 03-09-2000 10:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for matt   Send Email to matt  
has anyone ever put a removeable seat in the bow of a 15'whaler?i see trolling motors all the time on this model but you can't mount a pin type pedestal due to the wood locker top.ihave looked for a side mount pedestal but have,nt found one.whaler owners must have bad backs!!!
David Reid posted 03-17-2000 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Reid  Send Email to David Reid     
A friend of mine has a 15' with a removeable mount in the middle of the wood bow-locker door. He reinforced the hole/mount area with a 6" square piece of 1" thick oak on the inside of the cover. Imagine you should drill all the way through both cover and reinforcement piece, then through-bolt the seat mount to both. This rig has held up well for about 15 years. Since it does not show, the different wood really does not matter, but a purist might use a piece of mahogany or teak.
David Reid posted 03-17-2000 03:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Reid  Send Email to David Reid     
Just remembered that Whaler used to sell a side-mount braket of cast aluminum for mounting a seat on the drop just behind the bow locker. They may very well still sell that bracket and seat as little has changed on the Montauk 17', which also used that bracket, for the last thirty years or so. This position might take up what little moving around room you have on the 15', certainly more than the bow locker postion, but it's the way Whaler originally intended for a bow seat to go. A mid-80's Whaler options catalog I've got has a picture. If Whaler won't sell you one, then you might look or advertise for one, as they come up for sale every now and then.
KCarlsen posted 03-17-2000 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for KCarlsen  Send Email to KCarlsen     
Thanks, I have a list of items I am looking for to restore my 69 whaler and that is a must item for me. I love bass fishing. It never dawned on me to ask my local dealer. I will pay him a call in the morning. My plan up until now was to have one fabricated at a local machine shop. Its amazing how much information is on this forum. Thanks again, Kurt
matt posted 03-17-2000 11:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for matt  Send Email to matt     
thanks david for info i was planning on having one machined if nothing else.kurt let me know what you find.need part numbers if bracket is available.
matt posted 03-31-2000 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for matt  Send Email to matt     
david you were right!whaler no longer makes them, but,chuck at whaler service said that nisswa marine in minn. 218 963 2292 were the last ones that he had heard of having them, that he believed.chuck bennett's email is he's sincere in helping.he thanked me for introducing him to this site by saying he was impressed!!!!!!!!
{matt standing up clapping for jimh success}kurt dont beat me to them.-matt

KCarlsen posted 03-31-2000 09:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for KCarlsen  Send Email to KCarlsen     
Matt, Don't worry, if there is one, there are more. I will call Chuck tomorrow to inquire. If not, I will have one made at a machine shop. This is a must have item on my boat as I am an avid bass fisherman. Kurt
Mike posted 04-08-2000 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mike  Send Email to Mike     
Matt: I have extensively used a factory-installed bow pedestal seat mounted on the rear wall of the anchor locker on a 15 ft Whaler since 1982. For 12 of those 18 years I weighed 290-300 pounds. It works great! If it was going to break I would have broken it. Mine has a wedge-shaped piece of wood (mahogany?) between the bracket and the fiberglass, which makes the pedestal stand perfectly vertical.
KCarlsen posted 04-09-2000 01:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for KCarlsen  Send Email to KCarlsen     
Matt, I contacted Misswa Marine and they did have one seat mount left in stock. I purchased it. It even had a BW part number. I received a description over the phone but the parts person, (Kenny) did not have much Whaler experience so I will provide the details when I receive it. If it is a item in demand, I might have duplicates made in a machine shop that we can sell over the web site. I hate to see old BW parts extinct. BTW, the part cost $139, not cheap but if it is the last one, its a bargain. Thanks for the lead. Kurt
Renrak posted 09-23-2003 01:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Renrak  Send Email to Renrak     
Ran across this thread on Classic Whaler, Topic: trolling motor seat.

Recently purchase 1980 Montauk and am refurbishing. Looking desparately for a side-mount bracket for fishing seat at forward anchor locker, which BW used to make, but no longer available.

Does anybody know of availability of such a side-mount bracket that works on a Montauk? Want to acquire same.

Hoping for replies. If so, please copy post on my email at

Gary Karner

Renrak posted 09-23-2003 01:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Renrak  Send Email to Renrak     
Noticed that my post of 9/22/03 ended up being posted at date 9/22/00. Are other replies correctly dated? I hope not.
Renrak posted 09-23-2003 01:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Renrak  Send Email to Renrak     
Kurt: Did you make arrangements with anyone to manufacture this side-mount for classics? If so, can you provide contact, price?


haroldpe posted 09-27-2003 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for haroldpe  Send Email to haroldpe     
I posted 2 weeks ago looking for the side mount bracket as well. If you find any more available somwhere, please drop me a line. Thanks.
Florida15 posted 09-27-2003 10:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Florida15  Send Email to Florida15     
I am interested in one as well. I saw one for sale on this site a few weeks ago for $50 but it was gone by the time I saw it.
My 15' was originally shipped as a Striper but some owner along the way took that piece off. When I bought it, there was a pedastal seat mounted on the front hatch but I would like to go back to original. I know it had one at one time
because the bolt holes are in the wall behind the hatch.
Does anyone know how this was bolted on ? Did they use some type of special washers or something so the bolts don't pull through the fiberglass ?
Florida15 posted 09-30-2003 10:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Florida15  Send Email to Florida15     
Kurt, when you bought that piece did you just get the bracket itself that bolts to the wall or did it come with two pieces - the bracket and the pedastal that goes through the bracket that the seat mounts to ?
After you install it could you post a picture of the installation ? I am interested in seeing what type washers you use on the bolts (inside the anchor locker).
jameso posted 09-30-2003 12:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
The original seat mount consisted of two pieces. One piece bolted to the aft bulkhead of anchor locker, it MUST be shimmed to lean about 15deg aft. A seat post then mounted thru the bracket, the unique thing about the seat post was the top mount that held the actual seat. It pivoted allowing you to open the anchor locker. It did not just allow the seat to swivel. Actual seat from Whaler was a Garelick (SP) plastic folding model in a off white or tan color.
The seat was mounted using 1/2 inch stainless bolts with lock nuts and washers.
I removed one of these from a 15 sport. I prefer to stand while fishing. It would be easy to have a local shop weld a plate of stainless and fab a serviceable seat.
Hope this helps, Jim Armstrong. Headed to lake with my 15 SS LTD.
Hope this helps.
jameso posted 09-30-2003 12:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
See Cetacea section page 50 for a good view of the seat mount on a striper.
4whaler posted 09-30-2003 12:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for 4whaler  Send Email to 4whaler     
Ok, so who has one that can be used as a template to make some more for the rest of us? Who is actually going to make them? I want at least one and if Im not mistaken they with a shim and be used aft to mount on the splash well too? But it doesn't have the wood insert in it like the bow locker bulkhead does.
Florida15 posted 09-30-2003 02:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Florida15  Send Email to Florida15     
Weren't the original ones cast aluminum ?
I guess somebody with some talent could fabricate one using
stainless if they had a pattern.

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