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crosley95 posted 09-08-2001 05:50 PM ET (US)   Profile for crosley95   Send Email to crosley95  
just purchased a 1970 sakonnet with the reversible pilot seat and center console. I notice a lot of the older mahogony center consoles had a little bench in front of the console. mine does not. ?? do any of you owners have a cooler seat in front of your pre-montauk 17. how about stern seats??? any comments or descriptions of mods would be helpful. thanks
JBCornwell posted 09-08-2001 06:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
If you have the correct Sakonnet front deck, Crosley, the center section can be arranged as a seat in front of the console.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

crosley95 posted 09-09-2001 03:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for crosley95  Send Email to crosley95     
what do you mean by "correct" the boat seems to have the classic console and reversible pilot seat in mahogony. the previous owner took out the front platform. he said it was painted wood as has been discussed in earlier posts. is there a way to add a bench to the front of the console. are there plans out there? thanks for your help. trying to figure out who has the top 16 hull boats on the site?
JBCornwell posted 09-09-2001 04:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Howdy, Crosley. The Sakonnet front platform/deck was in four pieces: on each side ran a section that reached from the side to the console and ran for'd to the front locker. The center was two pieces hinged together so that they could complete a flat deck or be partly folded to make a seat in front of the console that was console width.

The OEM was made of painted white pine assembled with ss screws and copper nails. Using that as a pattern, it was a fairly simple job to duplicate it in mahogany stained and p'urethaned to match the console and pilot seat. A custom touch entirely in keeping with Whaler style and worth an extra ten points at any marina where Whalerfans gather.

I've not been visiting here for long and haven't seen previous thread on the subject, so please excuse any redundancy.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

Chesapeake posted 09-10-2001 03:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Crosley: This was an interesting post. Glad to add my two cents.

I just rehabbed an old mahogany console. It had the front bench seat. The seat itself, which I rebuilt, is a three slat bench seat that is held together near each end with a cleat that runs perpendicular to the slats. The construction was with SS screws from countersunk holes in the cleat coming up into the seat slats. There are also handles on each end of the seat.

To hold the slat-seat to the console, there are triangular supports that run from the sides of the console. The supports are attached to the console via three screws. The seat then sits on these two supports Three screws run through supports (from the outside) and into the cleats at each end of the seat.

Lastly, there are some design details with respect to how the supports are attached to the console which are worthy of a picture rather than words. Specifically, there is cutout in the console base to accept the triangular supports. I think you should really see this to appreciate it. Perhaps some of the vintage owners have such pics they can e-mail to you.


crosley95 posted 09-11-2001 11:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for crosley95  Send Email to crosley95     
thanks bob,

any pics would be appreciated. haven't gotten a digital cam yet myself, so i know it's not always possible. anyway, so the question still is there? did the sakonnet have a different center console than the nauset? the nauset seems to have the front bench.

dscew posted 09-11-2001 01:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
The forward seat attached to the console was a Boston Whaler option. I have seen several of these seats over the years, and they were installed in Nauset, Sakkonet, and Eastport models. In an early 70s BW catalog, the seat is listed as an option, to be added at a cost of $30.

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