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Conrad posted 05-06-2002 08:34 AM ET (US)   Profile for Conrad   Send Email to Conrad  
I just purchase a used reversible pilot seat and noticed that I cannot fit a standard igloo cooler under it. In addition I am 6.3 and would like the RPS to be a little higher. I have purchased a piece of 3 x 3 hardwood. I am going to seal the wood with primer then cover it with a few coats of epoxy. I am going to secure the wood with 5200 and screws to the deck then secure the RPS to the wood base. Any problems with this plan or better suggestions to raise the RPS?


kingfish posted 05-06-2002 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

I have raised my console with teak blocks similar to the project you are describing and been very satisfied with the results.

Larry Goltz (lhg) has raised his RPS for the exact reason you cite, in a very professional manner and has described the process here ( more than once, I think). You might try scrolling back through posts in this part of the forum to try and find his remarks.

Conrad posted 05-06-2002 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Conrad  Send Email to Conrad     

I found the post and put it to the top for reference for my project.


lhg posted 05-06-2002 12:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
In an Outrage with the RPS, I have found that having a 72Qt Igloo Cooler/seat w/cushion underneath is a nice detail. Obviously, the cooler itself has many uses, either as a cooler or for dry storage, and the pull-out additional seating is very useful.

I have installed the angled Montauk black starboard cooler cleats, and the cooler simply "drops" in to these without the need for bungees. The seat needs to be raised 6" to accomodate this however. And this is "Catch 22" situation. Once the seat is raised 6", the console needs to be raised 4".

But all in all, it's then a super installation and a much more comfortable and ergonomic control station.

Conrad posted 05-06-2002 12:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Conrad  Send Email to Conrad     

I read through the previous post and had some questions.

1. You have stated you raised your RPS 6 inches to fit the 72 quart cooler with cushion. If you do not have the cushion on the 72 quart cooler how high do you have to raise the RPS (I was hoping just 3 or 4 inches)?

2. I have been debating which material to use, Starboard or wood. You stated that if you did the job again you would use the wood over the starboard, why?.


Conrad posted 05-06-2002 12:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Conrad  Send Email to Conrad     

Sorry, that was DJ who said he preferred wood over starboard. But if you have an opinion over which to use, I would like to hear it.

Thanks again,

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