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Old 06 March 2012, 05:40   #1
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Seating for a Zodiac Futura

Hi, I have just bought a Zodiac Futura. It's a 1985 vintage but in very good condition. I have a 40hp Mariner outboard with a steering rig but no seating. I have searched the net for seating, benches that slot into the floor rails and also those that sit on the hook and webbing. I don't have any webbings but could buy them and glue them I guess. I would like to know if anyone has a bench for sale with the legs that slot into the rails or ideas/suppliers that may be able to oblige? Zodiac want nearly as much as I paid for the boat for a bench seat! Any seating ideas would be gratefully received. Thanks
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Old 06 March 2012, 05:55   #2
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Hi, I have just bought a Zodiac Futura. It's a 1985 vintage but in very good condition. I have a 40hp Mariner outboard with a steering rig but no seating. I have searched the net for seating, benches that slot into the floor rails and also those that sit on the hook and webbing. I don't have any webbings but could buy them and glue them I guess. I would like to know if anyone has a bench for sale with the legs that slot into the rails or ideas/suppliers that may be able to oblige? Zodiac want nearly as much as I paid for the boat for a bench seat! Any seating ideas would be gratefully received. Thanks
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Old 06 March 2012, 08:41   #3
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Thanks for that. I just looked and it's not there so I called them, unfortunately they have sold it. They may have some of the seat legs in stock, just waiting on a call back.
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Thanks for that. I just looked and it's not there so I called them, unfortunately they have sold it. They may have some of the seat legs in stock, just waiting on a call back.
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The webbing ones were just an L shaped piece of sheet aluminum on either side of the bench, as I recall. The flap slipped through the webbing.

Don't remember seeing the channel seats up close.

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On my old Bombard SIB I glued mounting slots onto the tubes and made a varnished wooden seat which wedged between the tubes. I don't recall who made the mounting slots unfortunately, but they do exist.
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Old 06 March 2012, 16:40   #7
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We found a camp chair works well if only two people are onboard. Driver sits on the starboard tube, and drives with the tiller. Using motorcycle type tie downs we tie the chair down in four spots, to mounts I had already put into the boat. Works great on calmer days for a passenger as the mid point is a somewhat comfortable ride. We started doing that when my partner couldn't walk and was on crutches, but we still wanted to get out and do activities. On rougher days the tubes are the best place to be.



If your Zodiac is anything like ours, it will have the place to mount the seat already glued on. You could easily make a seat out of wood, and cover it with some vinyl and padding, or mount seat backs to the wood.




Read this thread for probably your best option. zodiac modifications

I have also seen some people just use a padded cooler. Serves two purposes.
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The only "complicated" thing about the bench's are the aluminum bracket that slide inside the floor rail. If you figure the correct angle, any guy that is good with aluminum will be able to bend correctly.

Have a look at this drawing, it is the original technical plan for a Futura MK3 and on it you can see the drawing of the seat's braket. If you make those bracket (really easy), you just need a 6" wide x 33,5" long x 1" thick seat (can be made of wood/aluminum/plastic)



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Thanks for that. I could make the brackets, I am sure, but a photograph of the area that goes into the rail would really be appreciated. Could anyone oblige me please?
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