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ryanwhaler posted 01-25-2004 05:55 PM ET (US)   Profile for ryanwhaler   Send Email to ryanwhaler  
One of the things I dislike most about my 11-Sport is how uncomfortable it is to drive. The seating is original and hasnít been modified in any way.

When driving the boat the pilots knees are way up in his/her chest, after about an hour it becomes very uncomfortable and even at my age my back will get stiff.

Iím not sure if Iím going to keep the boat for another season or not, but if I do use it again this summer I want to modify the seating, or at lease for the driver. Iíve seen people put big chairs that pivot and have high backs, that's all well and good but it seems the pilot woundnít be able to hold the wheel and sit it the chair, because the console would be to low. Iím thinking that the console should be raised somehow, as well as some kind of seat being added.

Does anyone have any pictures of how youíve modified the seating in your 11,13 or 15foot sports?

gizzi posted 01-28-2004 03:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for gizzi  Send Email to gizzi     
I'm up against the same problem with my 13' Sport. What I'm doing is redoing my console with new wood (Brazillian Mahogany) and raising it a couple maybe three inches. I'm also mounting a different steering wheel ( original chrome Whaler wheel)that isn't as flat as my current one giving me more lift there too. Finally I'm planning on mounting a drivers seat with a back like you mentioned to my bench seat. All in all this will help a lot and I won't ache :)

Hope this helps

Greg

lakelanier posted 01-28-2004 06:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for lakelanier    
Had the same complaint with my 17 standard. I installed a tilt helm. The tilt mechanism raised the wheel up 4-5 inches. Got it on e-bay for $75.
DaveNJ posted 01-29-2004 07:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for DaveNJ  Send Email to DaveNJ     
Save your stock pieces so when you do sell it, the buyer can put it back to stock.

Usually this modification is done by owners who may never sell their boats.

I prefer a stock boat if I am looking to buy, especially if it is an older whaler.

Look through the cetacea section again for ideas.
You can just make a new starboard riser that curves up about 3" for the console platform. Then you just need to make a new console leg. Be creative and make it want you want.

The low cost version that I do is to sit up on two stacked boat cushions.

DWJ posted 01-29-2004 07:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for DWJ  Send Email to DWJ     
I had the same problem. The Bass pro shop (Outdoor World)as well as other boat parts suppliers have a seat with a folding back that mounts into a pedestal you mount into the Whaler seat. Means cutting a hole in the seat but solves the "knees in the chest problem". I have mounted two of the seats in my "62" thirteen footer.
scaleplane posted 01-29-2004 08:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for scaleplane  Send Email to scaleplane     
Ryanwhaler,

Take a look at my 15' Sea Princess at Whalerforum.com Braggin' Board, page 2. I installed a mahogany-stained poplar seat and mounted two very comfortable seats. I've found this to be comfy for hours on end.

whinnant posted 02-06-2004 11:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for whinnant  Send Email to whinnant     
I have the same problem with the console being too low for my 15ft sport 1986 model. My solution is to buy a console from a BW dealer for a new 2004 13 ft sport. I have removed the steering wheel and helm and will attach it to the new console with a 90 degree bezel instead of the 20 degree bezel. This new console will not replace the original instead it will rest on top of it. If you look closly to a current 13ft sport you will see that BW places the console on top of a bench seat. This new console is 14 x 28 inches. The original wood console top is 12 x 32 inches. I have not finished this project yet but the parts have been ordered. The cost of this console is around $300.00. I hope this will update the look and fuctionality of this boat.

About the seat I too am going to mount a folding swivel seat to a replacement wood seat and not the original wood seat.

Harpoon Marine also sells a console for around $350.00 plus shipping. (www.HarpoonMarineInc.com)

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