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Old 21 September 2009, 03:19   #1
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Adding Bench to Inflatable

I have a 1986 Achilles 14' SIB. I am looking at installing a rear bench. The bench will most likely be a 1"X12" sealed with rubberized paint. The problem I'm having is with the install. I went to the local shop and they sold me a pair of glue on "ribs" to hold the wood bench. Has anyone ever used these "ribs" for the bench? I have attached pics so you can see what I have to work with. The last two are the "ribs". Is there a better way? Any help or tips would be great.
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Old 21 September 2009, 12:44   #2
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On the market you can find simple gluing patches with horizontal securing strap, will need to be used with seat hooks attached under wooden seat. Like in pictures. I Think much easier to install and glue on tubes The issue, where to find them in USA ? Check Westmarine.com & Defender.com

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Old 21 September 2009, 17:39   #3
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Thanks for the great info. What if I went supper simple and "sandwiched" a board in the top part of the tubes and then secured the board by fastening to the d-rings below? My only concern would be abrasion caused by the edge of the bench. I guess I could soften it up by putting down a pad. Any more feedback would great.
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Old 22 September 2009, 06:13   #4
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Thanks for the great info. What if I went supper simple and "sandwiched" a board in the top part of the tubes and then secured the board by fastening to the d-rings below? My only concern would be abrasion caused by the edge of the bench. I guess I could soften it up by putting down a pad. Any more feedback would great.
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if your a bit worried about abrasion how about glueing a strip if velcro ,,the fluffy side,,not the hook side onto the edge ,
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If simpler, make a rectangular plywood seat with cushion sib's width and secure with bolts under wooden or alum floor, place proper fabric underneath bolts so not to damage/abrade bottom fabric against them. Can place fabric on rectangular seat sides to protect lateral tubes against abrasion.

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