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Yiddil posted 02-08-2008 09:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for Yiddil   Send Email to Yiddil  
As most are aware, the leaning post for the Nantucket is a wonderfully comfortable for some on here yet some had in the past ventured to want some kind of seat back that was good quality and matched the original leaning post.

Kencvit had found a place that made them a while back but I let it for for a while until most recently when i got the info from ken to talk to the people doing the job. did everything right in helping to order the backrest, they even went so far as to dig out the original requisition that Ken had done a few years back.

It's a tricky thing cause the actual rod holders on the Nantucket have 0 angle, so the angle has to be done in the support arms of the seat back to make it comfortable.

Anyway, I worked with birdsall and got to order a hand made one for Das Boat today and it was wonderful to do business with them...because you loose the existing rod holders when you put the back rest in them, you can have birdsall make more on the back of the back rest..I added two. i have all the specific information, measurements and stuff Ken sent me and I sent birdsall if anyone needs it just back channel me...

For those that love the comfort of the leaning post, this is a really nice to have if you want to rest your back up against something.

I can't say enough about day i may have them make a radar arch for me...:))

Casco Bay Outrage posted 02-09-2008 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     
Henry -

For heaven sake PICTURES! (I did a search for Ken's thread trying to find photos.)

It is cold, snowy and we need something to gawk at.



Yiddil posted 02-10-2008 01:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
You got mail Casco Bay Outrage ...hope it warms you up:)
GreatBayNH posted 02-10-2008 03:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
I'm only an hour south of CBO. I need something to gawk at as well.
Casco Bay Outrage posted 02-10-2008 03:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     

Will forward you the photos.

Thanks Henry!


JoeyP posted 06-09-2008 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for JoeyP  Send Email to JoeyP     
I just spoke with Dean at Birdsallmarine this morning and ordered that backrest. There was a price increase last October so the cost is now $310.00 plus shipping.
Thanks for info. Your invoice info made it simple. What about shortening the posts by 2 inches? Do you feel it's needed? Dean said he will do it, I just have to let him know by the end of the week. Thanks.

JoeyP posted 06-09-2008 09:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for JoeyP  Send Email to JoeyP     
Also, Yiddil did you make any changes to your backrest as compared to the one Ken ordered? Let me know. Thanks
Yiddil posted 06-09-2008 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Hi, Just saw this after a few hectic weeks with Whaler Safety fleet duty for two major swims in the area.

I never shortened any posts, although as I recall their was some discussion about doing that so your feet were comfortable on the CC ledge while sitting.

I guess it depends on what you like and how you drive your boat.

As far as the back rest was concerned, after a fairly long ride it was wonderful.I guess you could put 4 or even more rod holders on the back side. I know I just put the two that were used to install the backrest. And I think ken did the same. It's all about what you want and like and your purse.

This item came in handy when your back got fatigued after a long haul or malstom of water conditions.

I am sure you will like it...cutting the posts, thats your call...I guess its all about your size and comfort.


Kencvit posted 06-10-2008 04:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kencvit  Send Email to Kencvit     
joey, the comment on shortening the posts was on the leaning post(garelick bases) not the lower the seating height. I`m still undecided on that...someone here did, i forgot who, but not a difficult job with a pipecutter or even a hacksaw.I believe you could cut up to 2 inches off so the leaning post would drop that much more in its lowest position.
now if you wanted the backrest lower, yeah i guess you could if thats your preference for comfort or appearance. I like the height of mine. If it was too low though then you`d feel the rear quarter factory seats...those little backrests are too low...I guess to allow ladder access and for fishing...but I hate them...nobody sits in them feel like you could get flipped over the transom with sudden accleration.
In the future I may have birdsall comeup with something taller( would have to figure out how to cover or patch the screw holes from the existing one)
Jordi posted 06-10-2008 07:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jordi    
When I had my 190 Nantucket I lowered the seat height by cutting the Garelick post. This gave me a comfortable sitting position and the back rest from Birdalls was outstanding. I felt the normal height of the Garelick post is too high for a guy that is 6 feet and wants to sit while cruising. This is very subjective and unless you have the right dimensions (legs, ect) many will leave the Garelick post alone. Like Yiddil said you have to get the right angle of the rod holder so that your back has contact with the backrest.
JoeyP posted 06-11-2008 11:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for JoeyP  Send Email to JoeyP     
Yiddil and Ken, thanks for your responses. I'm glad I did not tell Dean over at Birdsall to shorten the backrest. I do agree with lowering the leaninig post a bit for comfort. I will experiment with that after the backrest arrives.
Yiddil posted 06-11-2008 04:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Your welcome...although Ken was the guy who did the leg work initially to track down someone who could match up everything to oem standards. I and others just followed his lead....and advice....They dont come much better than Ken:)

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