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whalemate posted 01-17-2004 06:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for whalemate   Send Email to whalemate  
Anyone notice this one on the BW UK website? scroll down and look at the OPTIONAL rear bench seat in the picture and the options list. How come we cant get that here?
erik selis posted 01-17-2004 06:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
Yes Whalemate, it was noticed a couple of months ago and also discussed. It looks like same rear bench set as for the preveous 17 Montauk.
I personally have seen one fitted in a 170 in the show room in Amsterdam. The dealer confirmed that it was an older model rear bench and it had been mounted in the 170 to show the difference in inside space.

Moe posted 01-17-2004 08:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
What about putting two more of the factory cooler/cushion setups in the stern, like so:

The cooler in front of the console could be used for food and drinks, one in the stern iced for fish, and the other used for bait with an aerator or recirculating pump setup. Or if you don't fish, a lot of dry storage.


whalemate posted 01-17-2004 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalemate  Send Email to whalemate     
Nice set-up moe, that would come in handy. Needs some kind of deck hold-downs to keep-em from slidin but great idea!
Moe posted 01-17-2004 09:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Igloo makes hold-downs for their coolers. I'd prefer to use the OEM hold-downs glued/screwed down on the deck, but one would have to be cut where it crosses over the bilge cover.


erik selis posted 01-18-2004 02:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
Moe, that is a pretty good idea. I have one 72qt cooler in my 170 Montauk. I didn't want to drill holes in the deck so I mounted it on a pedestal. The bottom of the cooler is sitting approx. 3" from the deck and bilge cover, allowing water to freely pass under the cooler. There are 2 brackets mounted to the wall at the front of the steps. Using the standard straps that come with the cooler, I attach the cooler to the brackets and the pedestal.
The big advantage of mounting the cooler this way is that everything can be removed in a matter of seconds and there's nothing screwed to the deck.
This method could also be used for mounting 2 coolers beside each other I think, although I must make some measurements first.
To make it a bit clearer I'm adding this link with pictures and drawings.


erik selis posted 01-18-2004 02:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
The link doesn't work for me but the address is correct. Don't know why. Just copy the link in your browser.


Moe posted 01-18-2004 03:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
I've seen your cooler setup, Eric. Very nice. The OEM mounts I'm referring to are like two short "boards" of something like starboard that have the coolers slightly up off the deck.

What would be cool is if someone would make a wall to wall insulated box with pad on top, with a divider giving more width to the fish box side than the bait well size (for longer fish), instead of them being equal as they would with two 54 quart coolers. It would also be better if the baitwell were "cornerless."

I came up with this two factory cooler idea for one of our 170 owners here who has a large family and would like to take a few more of the kids out at a time. I think it would do that and look "factory."


chaimemet posted 01-18-2004 10:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for chaimemet  Send Email to chaimemet     
I have a rear bench on my BW 170 03 that is removable and streches across the recessed access steps.I believe my request resulted in the first one made by BW for the post classic 170. It was not cheap. I do not own a digital camera but if we go out tommorow I will photograph it and post. It was made by the same company that manufactures BWs seats near the factory here in Florida. It weighs about 30lbs and has a zip nylon storage underneath. It is very well made and does not steal floor space. i also have a kodiak 17gl live well that also installs and is removable.
whalemate posted 01-19-2004 02:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalemate  Send Email to whalemate     
chaimemet that would be great to see a picture of. Ill be looking for that posting as others would prob like to see it also. Thanks
erik selis posted 01-19-2004 03:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
Chaimement, please post the pictures. I am very interested.
Is there a part number or some BW reference number for this bench?

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