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sapple posted 01-15-2008 08:07 PM ET (US)   Profile for sapple   Send Email to sapple  
I like the BW sport models but would like more comfortable seating for the skipper. In particular a higher seat back. Does anyone have ideas or pictures of after market seating modifications for the sport models that offer more comfortable seating?
A2J15Sport posted 01-15-2008 11:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for A2J15Sport  Send Email to A2J15Sport     

I am completely redoing a Sport 15. Shoot me an email and I'll fill you in on what I'm doing.

Name is Dan.

ScottS posted 01-18-2008 02:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for ScottS  Send Email to ScottS     
I have a 150 Sport and find the seating is much more comfortable than it looks. It also seemed better than the 130 Sport for the driver as the distance to the steering wheel seemed more comfortable to me on the 150 than the 130.

Since I have two little kids I filled in the cutout in the backrest so they didn't fall through when leaning back. I added some Starboard in this space, then topped it with a factory backrest cushion. The smaller of the two 150 Sport backrest cushions fits this space perfectly. The Starboard is installed with just bolts, so it would be easy to remove in the future without leaving much sign it was ever there.

For creating a higher seat back I would add a backrest similar to the one on the optional stern seat of the Montauk 190. It's a cushion attached to the boat by two horizontal tubes that go into holes in the deck. You could either put holes in the top of the existing 150 backrest (depending on the tube size) or create a bracket/mount to attach the tubes to the back of the backrest. The hole method would allow removal for less drag when trailering. As far as buying the backrest, you'd have research the size and price of what's already available (for other Whaler models or the Todd example in the link below) and compare that to what a local canvas shop could do for you. The Todd example is only $200 retail, which could be a cheap way to go if it's the right dimensions for you. You could also build a similar backrest in wood or Starboard that spans the entire seat width.

Good luck and please post pictures of whatever you end up doing!


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