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OutrageMan posted 07-01-2001 05:15 PM ET (US)   Profile for OutrageMan   Send Email to OutrageMan  
I have been mulling over replacing my captain's chairs with an RPS.

1) Does the deck need to come out to bolt through the RPS?

2) Does anyone know where - other than a whaler dealer - to get an RPS? Cost?

3) Were they size specific to the model? i.e. is the Outrage RPS bigger than the Montauk?


Bigshot posted 07-02-2001 11:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
believe they are all the same size.As for used, surf the net and keep your eyes on e-bay.
Tom W Clark posted 07-02-2001 12:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

The RPS and the pedestal seats are simply screwed down. No need to remove the deck. The screws used are large (#14) sheet metal screws that screw into the plywood backing. Of course, this assumes the plywood under your deck is sound.

The RPS is the same size regardless of the boat it came on.

As to procurement, remember, the unique pieces are the plastic "legs", the welded stainless pivot arms (2), and the teak seat back.

The handles are by Perko, the rod holders could easily be made or purchased and the upholstered seat could be had from Dave's or a local shop of your choosing. As long as you have the size and shape of the plywood seat base, any marine upholsterer should be able to whip one up for you.

The teak seat back can be made by anybody with some wood working skills as long as you have the specifications.

djmerrill posted 07-02-2001 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for djmerrill  Send Email to djmerrill     

I did this last year with my Outrage 17 (replaced a factory leaning post). I found an older seat from a vintage Outrage 19 owner on this forum (Thanks Mike!). It was in working shape, but I bought a new cushion from Dave's (fit the 30 year old seat fine), refinished the teak, and bought new handles. I get comments on it all the time (its the only wood in my outrage and looks great). I also fabricated some 3" teak risers so I can get a cooler stored under it.

As for variations, Older ones like mine had aluminum legs. Whaler switched to a plastic material in the late 70s or early 80s. Both materials wear well. Whaler also made a switch to a fiberglass seatback from the teak around the 1991 timeframe, may have been phased in on different models.

They are all the same size and width, except for the Newport seats, which are wider and have a cushioned back.

By the way, I sold my leaning post on this forum too, so keep your eyes open, they do come up. I've heard that Whaler will sell you one for about $1000. My local Sea-Ray I mean Whaler dealer just laughed, didn't even want to look it up or call. They pulled out the Todd catalogue and quoted an aftermarket bench. With the new cushion and teak blocks, I spent about 50% of the new price, but spent some time looking and fixing up. I also met some neat people in the process.

Good Luck!


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