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Old 19 August 2016, 19:02   #1
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Aerotec 380 questions

Just made the change from a Honwave to the Aerotec and not yet had a chance to get afloat.
I've got a couple of questions about a thwart /seat - the Honwave had 2 seat positions which we found useful, but do people usually just sit on the tube when helming /driving the Aerotecs?
I can't see any spare parts for the black PVC flange the Aerotec seat mounts on to if i wanted a second seat, and can't see any red (or black) patches to put on the tube with the webbing strap type of seat fitting. making the seat itself isn't a problem.
So any possible sources for the seat mount patches - do people use the rear seat anyway? and lastly, (for now) any recommendations for a matt black paint to retouch the transom?
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Old 20 August 2016, 02:46   #2
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Yes people sit on the tube.

The Aerotec is quite small inside so I couldn't see a need for alternative seat positions and certainly if the standard posn was in use there is no room for a second seat.

For transom paint pretty well any exterior grade brush on will do... satin or matt finish. I've used a Halfords own brand paint on mine which brushes out well and dries quickly.

It's either this or the matt version...

Halfords Enamel Paint Matt Black 25...
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Old 20 August 2016, 09:28   #3
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Thanks, I'll give that paint a try - it seems to say it's compatible with most other types of paint so all good.

For the bench seat, we found the option of moving into the centre quite handy on the Honwave, can catch a bit of spray sitting on the tube, although as you say it is a bit narrower, but only 6cm according to the spec.

The previous owner had oars fitted and they stow inside of the grab rail - pretty much where I would expect to sit on the tube, so I may just stow them inside the boat when not needed - I would have probably preferred them to stow outside which is more conventional I guess. Maybe I'll modify that too.
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Ron Hale Marine Ltd - Zoom Seat Retaining Patches

here you go there is a flange as well but dont know if thats what you want but Ross at Ron hale marine will sort you out
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Old 20 August 2016, 13:38   #5
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Thank, yes I saw those -
I was thinking about the PVC 'flange' the original seat bolts to, but I thing the type you've highlighted would do just as well 9.99 on ebay!

They have the two plastic angled mouldings to suit, but I will call Ron Hale and ask them what they have thanks.
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Not quite sure what you want but thinking the seat actually bolts to the flange stuck on the boat rather than the plastic plate screwed to the seat which fits behind the tapes as I picked.have a look on all the spares Avon etc might be something there but Ross will sort you out best e-mail him a picture first he will respond.

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Ahh appreciate the oar stowage makes sitting on the tube difficult... I'd move the oars.

I don't think you do but if you wanted to keep it OE I'm betting the fabric flaps the seat attaches to are not available as a spare... and the seat bolts/nuts alone are 60 a set. So the generic Chinese hook type and make your own seat would be he way to go.

But still unsure about this... forget the actual dimensions... when you inflate the Aerotec it will feel a good bit smaller inside than the Honwave. The existing seat is in a mid posn as they never intended a second to be fitted... so if you added one they will be quite close together.

Edit: Whatever you eventually do I'd not change anything until you've had a couple of runs out with the different loads you might carry. I've found the Aerotec is a little different in the way it goes to other SIBs and the ability for me on the tiller to slide up and down the tube during a run depending on conditions is most helpful and a seat would prevent this.

I've also found once you learn to trim the boat's attitude according to wave height/direction the Aerotec keeps the tiller person dry when sitting on the tube.
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Inflatable thwart seat put it were you want?
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Ahh appreciate the oar stowage makes sitting on the tube difficult... I'd move the oars.

I don't think you do but if you wanted to keep it OE I'm betting the fabric flaps the seat attaches to are not available as a spare... and the seat bolts/nuts alone are 60 a set. So the generic Chinese hook type and make your own seat would be he way to go.

But still unsure about this... forget the actual dimensions... when you inflate the Aerotec it will feel a good bit smaller inside than the Honwave. The existing seat is in a mid posn as they never intended a second to be fitted... so if you added one they will be quite close together.

Edit: Whatever you eventually do I'd not change anything until you've had a couple of runs out with the different loads you might carry. I've found the Aerotec is a little different in the way it goes to other SIBs and the ability for me on the tiller to slide up and down the tube during a run depending on conditions is most helpful and a seat would prevent this.

I've also found once you learn to trim the boat's attitude according to wave height/direction the Aerotec keeps the tiller person dry when sitting on the tube.
Thanks Fenlander, that pretty much hits the spot - I wondered if the OE flaps /flanges were available - so if not that's one option ruled out. I had been thinking of not necessarily having to have two seats fitted simultaneously but having the option to move the std one into a position further back - so I could use the original seat and bolts - can't figure why they are so expensive!
The bow bag takes up a lot of room (we didn't use one on the Honwave) and the fuel tank has been positioned between the bench seat and bow bag so not much leg room.
I'm pretty sure the answer is as you suggest, get on the water and see what the priorities are.

It's a long shot but does anyone on the forum think the plastic bases for the oar mounts would be feasible to remove from the tube? I don't like the idea of splashing too much MEK around to soften the glue but maybe with a heat gun and patience they may peel off? (The oar mounts are generic style with the pivot rod and captive nut, not Bombard/Zodiac socket ones)

I'll have a think about the inflatable thwart - always figures they would behave like a trampoline but maybe very comfortable
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Not sure about an inflatable thwart given the floor shape of the Aerotec?

The flange for the seat looks like it's been made from pvc folded and glued, the seat tapers in towards the bow so may not fit as easy if you moved it towards the transom. You could make it fit but a replacement could also be easily made.

I have just set my Aerotec up for crossbar steering and use the fitted seat to helm, but plan to fit a second seat to the rear for the odd occasion my family join me. I've got a couple of small kids and I don't want them sitting on the tubes.
I have ordered some pvc and glue and am going to make a seat, though appreciate it may affect any resale value if you plan to sell it on at any time. I will not be selling mine so I'm not bothered about resale value and am setting it up for my needs.
Granted, it will be a bit tight but I think it will be fine. Will let you know my findings if you are still interested.
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