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Old 12 December 2014, 11:21   #1
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Remove seats of SIB

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question,,,, do you remove the seats from your SIB,,, if so why??
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Old 12 December 2014, 14:19   #2
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I do. When folding it up with the seats on (zodiac 3.1 air deck) I think it cause excessive strain on the attachment points. These points would be suitable for sitting on but normally not exposed to lateral stresses.
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I just put a seat in the bow for people to sit in. It gets removed when were scuba diving to make room for tanks and gear.
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tks, for the replays,,,,

the seats are or are not part of the structure of the SIB,,,, ???

don't you fell when navigating without seats some kind of flexing???

the attachment points are reinforced for the propose, are not???
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The seats are not part of the structure and offer little if any strength to the structure and of course some suppliers do not supply seats at all, they are optional extras. If I am using the boat for fun, I don't use the seats as my family are happy to sit on the tubes but if there is a heavy chop on the water, they will use the seats to stay within the boat and if I am fishing, I always use them as I mount the fish finder or rod rests on them.
I intend to get another seat to mount all fishing bits and pieces to which will only be used if fishing on my own.

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my seat is to far forward to reach the tiller without an extension but I find I feel a lot more secure in choppy water if I kneel behind the seat steer with my left hand and hold the seat with my right.i was thinking of getting another seat to fit just forward of the transom and mounting my fishfinder rod holder ect on the original seat. but I allways remove the seat when I pack it away
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I thought he meant packing it away. )
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If you mean when folded, stored or carried. The seats should be removed.
If you mean while boating, then it depends.
Are you cruising, running WOT or fishing?
Most of us have learned the hard way that mounting fishing seats onto inflatable boat bench seats is a bad idea. They are ok if the boat isn't moving, but put to much streets on the contact points while moving.
Depending on the boat size and outboard weight you may have trouble using the seat.
If the seat is too far forward ,then you have to go remote steer or tiller extension.
If the seat is to far to the stern and you have a 4 stroke outboard, not only will you never get on plane but the bow will be out of the water.
If there is chop on the water then the seat is all but useless.
Most of us sit on the tubes or sit on the floor.
My boat has an air floor which is actually comfortable
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Tks, once again for the answers....

well I have an SIB an OB with 360, as you all can see in this pictures,,, RIBnet Forums - Antonio's Album: JOMA on the Run and here,,, http://vimeo.com/110067017

and the reason that lemme to propose such question, was beside watching you guys using yours SIbs without the sets,, that with my other SIb the plastimo 300 that you see on the video, with hard floor, for 15 days I gave him an intensive use of 8 hours day and fell more secure with the seats on... he din't flex so much.

with this new OB 360,,, I only experiment him with the seats on and with us four,,, and it plane, even against north wind and some 70cm chop.... when steering him I fell more secure on the seat that on the tube.

regarding the stress that the seats put on the tubes,,, well,,, that concerns me,,, but,, :P

once again tks..
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