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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:10 pm    Post subject: Homemade Boatseat Reply with quote

Hi all,

Not willing to shell out the silly prices for a boat seat, I thought I'd make myself something from cheap/ second hand materials. Likely to only last a season of two but with enough care it could be a lifetime - who knows!

Design will be based on the below and will include a cheap 7 seat swivel from ebay:



Can anyone tell me the width of the boat thwart so I can space my clamps accordingly? Ideally for the Bristol Water boats but anything else will do. I would assume that 400mm will be enough.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My guess is most boards across boats are 250 to 270 mm. I have the Chew Valley boat seat and the clearance on it is 340 mm between the mounting bolts. So I would go with that as your size. Never been a problem with any thwart board/open boat seat.

Make sure the back of any seat is rigid. Some plastic seats can have 'soft' (flexible) backs and will not be comfortable.
Look forward to seeing how it pans out.

http://www.completefisher.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=92186#92186

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ollie, don't forget to bear in mind the amount of car space a non-folding seat will take up especially if the means of attachment is also fixed.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck, it looks like a fun project.
I think you can buy the TLD rotary turntable on its own and folding seats off ebay.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l2632.R2.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xboat+seat.TRS0&_nkw=boat+seat&_sacat=169485

In the old days I just had a board that went across the boat and a inflated wheel barrow inner tube to sit on, I have a picture somewhere of a young FF setting out across Hanningfield.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seat is complete! Total cost = 13.50

I managed to acquire a folding mobility scooter seat from work (I work in a mental hospital) and bolted this to a ebay swivel - no modification needed! The swivel was then bolted to a piece of ply with some firm foam below to protect the thwart. The ply is then strapped down to the thwart with ratchet straps. The seat is incredibly comfy and doesn't move an inch. I've even added a carrying strap to transport it from car to boat.




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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nicely done! Looks great, foam bottom a good touch too! If you take good care of it, you could put it back on a scooter when your older! Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh my god that first picture is of the boat seat I made 10+ years ago , worked a treat , bought a seat more recently off eBay and a swivel separately then the clamp from the remnants of crutches and big bolts and wingnuts , cost about 45, I do love the look of your seat Ollielbbo and so cheap to make
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OllieIbbo wrote:
Seat is complete! Total cost = 13.50


... compared to 169.99 for the TLD Deluxe soat seat. Shock

Just shows what can be achieved with a little effort and an inventive mind. Excellent project and report. Cool

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent.
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