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Seating modification on a 15' SS
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posted 06-05-2002 04:44 AM ET (US)
It's time to refinish the seats in my 15' Super Sport, and I want to do something to make all of them (especially the rear bench) more comfortable. At the very least, I'm going to raise the console and seats several inches so I don't have to look over my knees to see where I'm going. I'd also like to add some upper back support (and maybe decrease the angle of the existing back support). For the latter, I am thinking of adding a board that hinges on and is flush with the existing back support once folded in position. It would fold down towards the stern so you can access the stern area while underway. One of the problems I'm having is supporting the additional back support while in position. I thought about adding some SS rail from side to side, but it would have to swivel up and down to allow the back support to fold down.
In any event, this design is just an idea, so if anyone has any ideas on how to make things more comfortable, please post them! I've seen a pic of Clark Roberts' center console, and it looks beautiful and quite comfortable. I'm trying to achieve that level of comfort while somehow maintaining the original layout. Comfort is priority though. Any suggestions?
posted 06-05-2002 09:00 AM ET (US)
I am starting to do the same, here are my plans, and I am very open to suggestions.
I am going to raise seat and console, already have mahogany to do so, Will raise seat enough to put battery under it maybe more. Will raise console 3 inches or so. I am going to remove the rear seat back and run the rail all the way to the motor well. This will open up the rear of the boat. I have a Montauk rail that I am going to utilize for parts ect. As much as I hate to do this I am then going to add a GOOD quality swivel seat for the captain, he is getting older and needs some back support.
I saw a boat in SC that had the console/seat raised and two swivel seats, not bad.
posted 06-05-2002 10:28 AM ET (US)
The classic 15-foot Whaler has one of the best hulls but the worst seats!
Everyone wants to improve their seating on these boats. Let us know how it works out. I am curious myself.
posted 06-05-2002 10:32 AM ET (US)
I'm in the same boat . . .
Hate to mess with the original configuration but it is REALLY uncomfortable. I just finished raising the console 4 inches and will sit on a 4" seat cushion - it feels better and still looks essentially original. I'll try this setup for this year and see how it goes. Eventually, I expect to follow Clark Robert's example and go with a standup center console.
posted 06-05-2002 12:25 PM ET (US)
While you're raising the seat, if you plan to move the battery under the seat, you can install 2 of the Attwood "GasScan 8872-4" 6 gallon tanks between the battery box and the opposite side of the boat. Rather than having a horizontal handle, the vertical handle on the 8872-4 can be offset slightly to fit two tanks and the battery ALL under the seat. Sure, you could use a Tempo 15 gallon, but that's not handy to carry to the gas station.
I installed a Tempo 3-way fuel valve under the seat and never have to stop to swap the fuel hose between tanks.
Sure, you could use a
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