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Old 23-08-2010, 07:35   #1
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Stern Rail Perch Seats

Anyone installed stern rail perch seats on a boat that does not have them built in?

What did you use?

Where you happy/unhappy with them?


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Old 23-08-2010, 08:57   #2
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I had soom built by a stainless faricater. I designed the seats and gave him a pattern. the only work he had to do on the boat was wel the hinge plates. I made the seating material out of 1/2 in Starboard. I got an 8 foot sheet from the West warehouse cheap. I made a cut out for a drink holder. The current owner of the boat is as pleased as I was with the product. If I remember right, the project was less than $500.

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Old 23-08-2010, 09:22   #3
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My boat came with cove seats, and I dislike them immensely. They take up prime space on a pushpit, especially on a cruising boat where such space would be useful to carry an outboard, mount a BBQ grill, store fenders, et cetera.

I've noticed that greenhorns who come aboard beeline straight for the cove seats, which means I have to explain that they've just selected the wettest, windiest, bumpiest seats in the entire cockpit.

Cove seats look great on a sales brochure where it's always sunny and the models never wear more than bikinis and yet never get sunburns, but on a real cruising boat where people prefer to sit in the shade under the bimini, or out of the spray near the dodger, it's hard to imagine a less useful feature.

Lest I sound completely negative about cove seats, I should add that I found them to be a useful place underneath which to mount an extra set of stereo speakers.
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Old 23-08-2010, 09:25   #4
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I did not install the bimbo seats of my B393 when I bought the boat. They're in my basement if you're interested.
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Old 23-08-2010, 09:42   #5
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See SternPerch sailboat seat pads and boat rail cushions manufactured by Zarcor
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Old 23-08-2010, 15:36   #6
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I don't like people sitting in my cockpit when I'm sailing. It is small and has a tiller and a traveller. My wife has one of those wraps that they call "kongas" in Brazil (rhymes with "thonga") and it gets stuck in everything: the winches, the traveller, you name it.

I'd love some of those cove seats.

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