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Wheelhorsepower posted 07-05-2005 06:26 PM ET (US)   Profile for Wheelhorsepower   Send Email to Wheelhorsepower  
Does a new 130 SPORT have a center support on the rear seat?

Thanks, Mark

dittybag54 posted 07-05-2005 11:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for dittybag54  Send Email to dittybag54     
The 130 Sport does indeed have a center support. Mine is a 2003 and has one and it would be hard to imagine Boston Whaler removing it. It would even be nice to have one for the front console seat also. I have not seen a 2004 model but it is listed in the 2004 130 Sport assembly diagram.
Wheelhorsepower posted 07-06-2005 07:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Wheelhorsepower  Send Email to Wheelhorsepower     
Thanks for the information. I have a 2002 and it does not have a center support. Needless to say it has been problems since day one.

dittybag54 posted 07-06-2005 11:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for dittybag54  Send Email to dittybag54     
Do you have the standard seat with a backrest?
dittybag54 posted 07-06-2005 11:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for dittybag54  Send Email to dittybag54     
The 2002 130 Sport did not have the rear seat support according to factory drawings. The seats on 2003 models have a fiberglas molded-in back rest; different than what you have. You can likely put something there as others have.
dittybag54 posted 07-06-2005 12:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for dittybag54  Send Email to dittybag54     
When you originally said you had a 'new' 130 Sport that kind of threw me off at first. The rear seat changed after your model year boat was built. Except for the middle support that your seat lacks, I have to say that your seat enables better back support for those in the back, regardless of where they are sitting. On my rear seat, anyone left in the middle does without back support as there is a cutout to enable easier access aft. Access is easier but riding comfort suffers.

There are pro's and con's to almost everything, including the newer seat design. When you brace that seat up on your boat, in whatever way seems best, you will have a fine and comfortable seat.

There is an optional rear bench seat with no backrest shown to be available on 2004 models. Perhaps someone here has seen one of these and can tell us if/how it is braced.

Failing that you could easily email Chuck Bennett at Whaler who will most certainly know and can point you at the solution for your flexing. He is another reason to own a Whaler. He responded to me last year before there was time to dust off my keyboard.

dittybag54 posted 07-06-2005 12:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for dittybag54  Send Email to dittybag54     
After reading your original post once again, I apologize Mark as you did not say you had a new boat but inquired about the the support on the new ones.

The more I look at the drawing for your seat, the better it looks to me. It looks more like the classics.

Over and out.

aubv posted 07-06-2005 03:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
Recently I've looked at a number of new and used 130 Whalers(2001-2005), I've already determined that the seat support is a must have for both seats.

The seat support is very simple, consisting of a U channel piece of Aluminum, a piece of Starboard or similar material, some screws and some bolts. The U channel is screwed to the underside of the seat and the Starboard is then bolted into the u channel and rests on the deck with out any kind of screws or adhesive. This makes installing the support, on seats without the support, a relatively easy job.

dittybag54 posted 07-06-2005 06:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for dittybag54  Send Email to dittybag54     
aubv; in the course of your looking at 130's did you see where anyone has braced the front console seat? The front seat is obviously laid up with a thicker plywood to make up for the lack of support but I am leaning towards bracing it. On the one hand the flex in the seat makes for a kinder ride in a chop but it does move quite a bit with a heavy person on it. It would take a taller piece of support than the rear but otherwise should be the same. Have you seen it done out there and did it look OK to you?
aubv posted 07-06-2005 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

I weight 155 lb. and the front seat clearly flexed when I sat on the seat on dry land. It is what started me to look around to see how/what I would do to support the seat.

I know there are two different rears seats available but I'm not sure that I agree with your assessment that the front seat needs a taller support. When I looked at both seats, on one boat that only had the rear seat support, they both appeared to be the same thickness and height. In fact, I came away thinking I could order two supports from Boston Whaler(if I didn't make them myself), if I purchase a boat without the supports.

I do think I saw both seats, on a newer boat, supported. The support is very simple and well done. I believe it is tapered from top to bottom. I actually like the way it shields the gas tank on the rear seat and I have seen a fire extinguisher mounted to the support which I thought was a good idea.

dittybag54 posted 07-07-2005 12:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for dittybag54  Send Email to dittybag54     
aubv; I had it bass akwards. The front will take a lower support (about 2 inches or so). Your idea to use the same support would work for me with just a straight line cut off. My boat was covered and for some reason I had it set in my mind that the front seat was higher until I looked at it today.

This is going to be my little winter project; everything else is pretty much alright. I may steal that guy's fire extinguisher mounting idea too. Thanks for that.

Wheelhorsepower posted 07-08-2005 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Wheelhorsepower  Send Email to Wheelhorsepower     
Great discussion, Thanks for all of the info. The seat center support for both front and rear sound like a great idea.
aubv posted 07-09-2005 09:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
One other thought I've had about the seat support.

It would be very easy to make a slot for one of the Plano flat tackle boxes to be stored, using the seat support and some additional starboard material. Just not sure what size Plano box will work. I'll be looking at this during the week and let you know.

jimh posted 07-09-2005 09:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I am enjoying this discussion of the subtle nuances of the 130 SPORT evolution. It seems the Post-Classic hulls are beginning to acquire a history of variations and improvements all their own.

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