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stagalv posted 04-20-2001 01:29 PM ET (US)   Profile for stagalv   Send Email to stagalv  
I know a few of you (Steve Wichello & WhalerTim) have recently placed some kind of a stern seat in your Montauk.
I just wanted to get thoughts and ideas on the best way to do this.
I am considering just making a thwart seat about 2 inches forward of the motorwell. It will be varnished teak and about 14" fore & aft. If I use 1' thick teak I may get by without any support legs. It will be supported on each side by being secured onto the lip of the gunnels.
This will provide a seating area and also a standing area when fishing. It will also hide a racor fuel separator mounted on the front of the motorwell and the wires going into the tunnel. Thoughts? Rex
stagalv posted 04-20-2001 01:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
Sorry, I meant it would be 1 inch thick teak.
Chesapeake posted 04-20-2001 03:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Rex: From a furniture building perspective, the 5 to six foot span is too long for 1" stock without any lateral support in the span. There are many options for fixing this.

One would be to bend some 1" stainless steel into a u shape, weld it onto a plate, put some rubber leg caps on them and use it for a leg set to support the mddle of the span.

Another, perhaps better fix, is to use the concept that comes from the English garden benches. Support the flat, horizontal bench seat with a stiffener (1x2" sitting on edge) along the front edge of the seat and the rear edge. You would lose a couple of inches of space underneath the seat, but you could avoid the legs.

Just a couple of thoughts from an amateur furniture builder. The guy to ask on this site is Tom H. aka Whalerfreak!



scottfarm posted 04-20-2001 07:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for scottfarm  Send Email to scottfarm     
STAGALV--I put a 1" board all the way to the back cutting out for motorwell and motor controls. I used the screw holes for the back of the side rails to anchor it. This board is an inch and a half above the motor well and tapers to one inch going from center of motor rail to each side. I cut a one by one and a half inch board for support on top of motorwell. I mounted two seat on each side of stern. This doesn't sacrifice any foot space. The one inch board extends just 6 inches in front of motorwell. This gives you two rear seats and someone can also sit in middle. Everybody fights for those two stern seats. The stock stern seat eliminates all foot space behind the stock seat. I didn't drill any holes in the boat doing this. Dennis
Barry posted 04-20-2001 10:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
See this earlier topic for more ideas

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