Originally Posted by cgoing
That looks like a sweet set up!
Thanks! I was quite pleased with how it turned out. I took some time planning it out based on my experiences running these boats with smaller, tiller outboards and the roll up floor. I decided I preferred running the aluminum hard deck to the roll up but it was such a PITA to setup/break down that it only made sense when trailering the boat. Once I got a dedicated boat trailer it was "game on." I also added tie down points to the floor fore and aft of the console that I use for a cooler (that doubles as a semi-dry box) and scuba tank rack.
A couple things I didn't count on but are relatively minor (to me, anyway):
1. I originally thought the seat would be long enough to ride 2-up without being "uncomfortably close" but I didn't factor the arm spacing of the driver. Sitting back a comfortable distance basically wastes the forward 12" or so of the cushion. It really doesn't leave enough room for someone to sit behind them. It's not big deal for passengers to ride on the tubes though, even if it's a little wetter most people are having enough fun on the boat they don't complain lol
2. The console does eat up a lot of the floor space in the boat, although at least of half of that would be eaten up by a fuel tank anyway. Carrying tanks and scuba gear (esp with drysuits) it gets pretty crowded even for 2 divers. It's a tradeoff: a little less useful for diving, but more fun for cruising around and towing skiers/tubers.