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ChrisCT posted 06-28-2002 03:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for ChrisCT   Send Email to ChrisCT  
Bought two Tempo 13 gal tanks to replace the old 6 and 1/2's for my Montauk. Also picked up new lower profile tops for the tanks. Well - the reversable seat (original) on my 1976 Montauk is about 1 to 1 1/2 inches too low for these tanks... glad I didn't fill them w/ gas before going to boat. Am I getting in over my head by thinking about raising the pilot seat 2 inches (probably in off season)? Anyone have tips tricks how?

Am thinking If I buy nice wood and use a lot of sealant I can produce 2 bases by taking seat out and using base as a template to raise it up. They have 4 screws on each side. Any wisdom would be apppreciated.

whalersman posted 06-28-2002 07:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     
A friend of mine just bought some 1" thick Starboard and he is going to cut 4 pieces using the original leg as a template. This will raise his seat 2". His seat was already raised 1" with some other type of wood which he is going to remove.
The Tempo 13 gallon tanks did fit under his seat with just the 1" rise although it was barely enough clearance for the low profile caps. The 2" rise should be plenty of room.
Whatever Floats your Boat Joe
John O posted 06-28-2002 11:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Just raised the rps on my 88 Newtauk. Original owner used 2x4 pressure treated and wood screws. it looked bad but worked. I replaced the pressure treated with 2x 4 Mahogony. Paid $30.00 for 7' piece. 2x4 measures 1 1/2 x 3 1/2. I screwed the mahog down to deck with 3 1/2" stainless screws. used six on each mount. Now, on each mount I drilled a stainless lag bolt from the bottom up of the mahog mount. the bolt is flush w/ the bottom of wood. I then used a nut and washer counter sunk into wood flush on top. The rps seat legs were drilled in the rear to allow bolt to slide through and be secured w/ a wing nut and washer.The front of the rps leg I attached stainless hinges to leg and the mahog mount. This allows me to un screw the wing nuts and pivot the seat towards the CC and fill my 28 gal. tempo. The 2x4 mahogony pieces were secured to deck with the 31/2 screws. drill pilot holes and expand top of gel coat wider than the screw to decrease chances of cracking or spiders. I used 3m 4200 in the holes and caulked the edges of the 2x4 where they meet the deck. I need to check on the length of the boards as well as the screws and bolts. Need to go down to boat in the am and then will give you exact measurements. Sorry for the long post. e mail me w/ any questions. This was previous owners design. i just up graded the wood to mahogony and stainlees screws, bolts
John O posted 06-28-2002 11:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
noticed you were in ct. I bought a piece of 2x4 mahogony (hondorus) from a place called Harris Woodworking. Outside of Hartford.
they were great and milled the wood down to the size I needed Paid $31.64 plus tax 33.54

80 Colonial rd. manchester, CT
860 649 4663

jimh posted 06-30-2002 05:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Several people have reported raising the Reversible Pilot Seat in their Whalers. Various different material has been used for the riser. Perhaps most classic is wood, especially a highly varnished mahogany.

The increased height can also be used to accommodate a cooler under the seat. A particular size of IGLOO cooler fits nicely if the seat is raised to clear it.

The amount of increase in height may depend on your own stature and build. On LHG's boats, he has raised the seats about 4-inches. Since I am only 5'-10" (as contrasted to LHG who is at least 6'-3") I find the seat is a touch too tall to get my butt on it while still standing. Larry also raised the console, too.

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