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GUNFISH posted 10-25-2003 11:56 PM ET (US)   Profile for GUNFISH   Send Email to GUNFISH  
I would like to raise the bench seats about 2" in my 1986 13' so that I can put the gas tanks and battery under them. How do I go about mounting them higher? It must be sturdy . Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. GUNFISH
Sal DiMercurio posted 10-26-2003 12:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal DiMercurio  Send Email to Sal DiMercurio     
Your gonna need 2pc of oak or teak 2x4.
Remove the bench seat, take it out of the boat & place the bench feet on top of the 2x4 & drill it "EXACTLY" through the exsisting holes in the feet of the bench.
I like "Cetol to finish anything thats going to get wet because it's an epoxy & holds much longer then oil.
After their nice & dry & drilled, get s/s screws that are 1 5/8" / 1 3/4" longer then the exsisting screws that hold the bench to the floor or deck of the boat.
Screw em in & your set.
You will have a tough time finding any oak or teak thats a full 2" thick.
Works great.
dfmcintyre posted 10-26-2003 07:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
I ended up doing something similar to what Sal described, only with multiple sheets of 1" black Starboard.

Raised the console also, but with a slightly different method. Used multiple pieces of wood, laminated togeather to make two identical risers 4" high. Coated with epoxy (I used the West system) and sprayed with a polyurthane paint that was color matched for the console. That way I don't even have to coat it with teak oil, etc, and it looks like factory.

If you want, I can email some photos if you forward me your email address.

Best - Don

jimh posted 10-26-2003 03:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I have never seen any reference to CETOL as an epoxy. The people that make it, Sikkens, refer to it as an alkyd oil.


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