Originally Posted by Fenlander
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