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Old 24 April 2003, 05:22   #31
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Yes I agree ideally they would be used from the underside of the deck. Unfortunately I just can't reach there and am none to keen to drill holes all over the place to reach in and over the top of the fuel tank. It is a compromise but works well enough.

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Old 24 April 2003, 09:12   #32
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What do people think about screwing and sekoflexing a rectangular grp'ed frame roughly an inch high to the deck. which the seat fits over with a few (10 +) ss bolts holding the seat to the frame ?

Most of the time I would like to have the seat in but would like the flexability of taking it out and can put up with the inconvenience of the frame on the deck.

Any thoughts ?
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Old 24 April 2003, 14:20   #33
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Mike, if you going to use a frame it may be better to use epoxy resin and glass it in, both underneath and over the top with screws for additional security. I did consider this but it would leave a trip hazard. It might be better to use a sheet of 18 mm marine ply with top hats mounted from the underneath. Glassed in this could be very strong.

Osprey used this method to secure bottle racks into there later XR series of boats as some of the boats have a deck core which precludes using through deck fittings. They used a sheet of ply probably 4 x 5 feet glassed over.

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Old 25 April 2003, 05:03   #34
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Pete,

Thanks, the glassed in ply with top hats sounds like a good idea.

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Ah finally found this thread after a bit of searching.

Loads of helpful advice. Had an interesting time reading through it now that I'm considering a small searider, and I'm thinking of putting a jockey seat (possibly 2 seater) and console in.

If I manage to get hold of one, I'm considering putting a fuel tank in the jockey seat, so I reckon the "tophat" system would be the best route to take to allow access to the tank incase anything needs replacing. The padded part of the seat would be removable from the frame for refuelling purposes however.

Also wondering whether to build the console and seat as a combined thing, or 2 seperate entities. Any comments?

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