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15to17 posted 06-04-2002 12:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for 15to17   Send Email to 15to17  
I have an '86 Montauk with the factory option upholstered stern seat. On several occasions (i.e., after someone has leaned back too much) over the past year I have had the screws which hold the back to the seat pull out of the seat itself (right where the seat meets the seatback). It occurs to me that I've got some rot in the frame of the seat (although at every repair the screws again found purchase), but the area in question is covered by the upholstery. Perhaps I'm too timid about tearing into the seat innards, but I don't want to do so and then find "no way back" to effect a repair.

Has anyone out there had a similar problem? Can anyone give me some suggestions on how to "operate" on my beloved (and extremely comfortable, in my opinion) stern seat and make it servicable again? I'd appreciate some guidance.


DaveW posted 06-05-2002 10:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveW  Send Email to DaveW     
I was a 86 montauk owner and loved every inch of that boat. I now have a 92 23 Walkaround and love it too but the Montauk has a special place in my heart. My seat blew out too and I think I can help you. I had tha teak seat back but it sounds like your problem is that the vinyl on the seat cushion is ripping because people are leaning back on the seat back. Is this right? Let me tell youw what I did. (I may have misunderstood your problem) A friend who had a flats boat (mauntauk of course) and he removed the seat back entirely to reduce fly line snags. It was a whole different boat. I loved it this configuration. It looks wierd at first but it is great. Just get underneath your seat, un screw it from the plastic struts and remove the back. While you have the seat bottom of, Get a staple gun and with regular or stailess staples, staple the vinyl back on to the marine Plywood which makes up the seat bottom. (MIner broke in two and I had to re-cut and reupolster it eventually. You will probably find that your original staples are rusted out.

The main message here is don't be afraid to dig into your Whaler--they love it and so will you . You can't make an irreversible mistake.

John O posted 06-05-2002 10:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
i ahve completely dismantled my 88 New tauk seat. it has the Teak RPS and with seat. i took the seat off the deack which was raised be previous owner with pressure treated wood ( AHHHH !) just rebuit with Mahogany. I unscrewed the seat from the stands and removed the vinyl on the bottom. the plywood was wet. I left it in the sun for several days and is now dry, Use stainless staples after you pull each one out . I used a thin flathead screw driver and proped up each staple...a abit time consuming but keeps the vinyl in good shape. i then removed each staple with pliers carefully. I will re staple with stainless. good opportunity to clean stainless pivot rails/.. hope this babble is helpful.
John O posted 06-05-2002 10:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
oh yeah... uses some marine tex in the holes and redrill if rotted
15to17 posted 06-12-2002 05:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for 15to17  Send Email to 15to17     
Thanks for the encouragement. Last night I completed the dissection/surgery/reconstruction of the stern seat repair. Under the vinyl and foam the backing of the rear seat (actually two pieces of ripped plywood) had rotted, and I replaced same with another member cut from a 2x3. I then restapled (using T50 stainless staples) the upholstery to the frame, and the test ride (by my wife and child) this morning confirmed that we achieved success. I was nervous tearing into "that expensive factory stern seat option," but there was no other way, and I thank the members of this forum for calming my fears!

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