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colorado posted 05-26-2003 12:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for colorado   Send Email to colorado  
hello guys- i am new to the forum, but see there are alot of knowledgeable people willing to help. I am looking for plans or specs to make a swingback seat for my 73 17ft montauck. any help would be appreciated.
jimh posted 05-26-2003 03:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Hello [your name would go here],

I think you are refering to the seat what is known as the Reversible Pilot Seat. I believe at one time this seat was covered by a patent assigned to Boston Whaler.

There are many components of the seat required which would be beyond the typical home builder to fabricate. For example, the legs of the seat are molded pieces of a high-strength plastic. I don't think it is practical to produce injection molded pieces like that in one or two unit production.

The dual hinge mechanism is also quite subtle and would require some specialized fabrication. I know I don't have anything around my house that can weld stainless steel tubing. I'd have a hard time even cutting the components to a rough shape with a hacksaw!

If you search the website with the phrase "Reversible Pilot Seat" and some alternate spellings (i.e. "Reversable") you will find almost 200 articles that mention them.

Also search on the abbreviation "RPS", in wide use.

to search.

As far as I know, no one has built a home made version of the original RPS.

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